Professor Tom Brazil RIP

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Tom Brazil, Principal Investigator at University College Dublin, on Friday, 13 April 2018.

During this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

May he rest in peace.


Thomas J. Brazil received the BE degree in Electrical Engineering with First Class Honours from University College Dublin in 1973, and was awarded the PhD degree in 1977 by the National University of Ireland. He subsequently worked on microwave sub-system development at Plessey Research (Caswell) UK from 1977 to 1979. After a year as a Lecturer in the Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK, he returned to UCD in 1980, where he served as Professor and Head of Electronic Engineering. Professor Brazil was an elected representative of the Professors of the University on its Governing Authority and worked in several areas of science policy, both nationally and on behalf of the European Union.

Professor Brazil served as Secretary of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) from 2009 to 2013. Election to the RIA is Ireland’s highest academic honour. In 2016, he was elected President of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). With more than 10,500 members and 190 chapters worldwide, the MTT-S promotes the advancement of microwave theory and its applications such as mobile phones, Wi-Fi, radio and radar.

His research interests included non-linear modelling and characterisation techniques at the device, circuit and system level within high frequency electronics.  He published widely in these fields and graduated 38 PhD and research Master’s students.


Read UCD’s memorial page here