Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Joseph F. Engelberger

Dr. Joseph F. Engelberger

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    26 July 1925

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 1997 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    Systems Engineering for an Artifactual Environment
  • Achievement:
    Establishment of the robot industry and creation of a techno-global paradigm
  • Lecture:
    Robotics - Past, Present and Fure

Major Awards and Honors Received

1982 Progress Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers
1982 Nyselius Award, American Die Casting Institution
1982 Leonardo da Vinci Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
1982 American Machinist Award
1983 Golden Omega Award at the Electrical Electronics Insulation Conference
1983 McKechnie Award, University of Liverpool
1984 Egleston Medal, Columbia University
1992 Profiled in the London Sunday Times as one of "The 1000 Makers of the 20th Century
1997 Beckman Award at the LabAutomation'97 Conference Honorary Doctorates from the University of Bridgeport, Briarwood College, Spring Garden College and Carnegie-Mellon University

Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies

1984 National Academy of Engineering
1986 Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

Academic Degrees

1946 B.S. Columbia University, New York
1949 M.S. Columbia University, New York

Professional Career

1946-53 Engineer, Manning Maxwell & Moore
1953-56 Chief Engineer, Manning Maxwell & Moore
1957-77 Founder & President, Consolidated Controls Corporation
1962-83 Founder, President & Director, Unimation Inc.
1965-86 Vice President, Condec Corporation
1984-96 Founder & Chairman, Transitions Research Corporation (TRC)
1996-Present Chairman & Director, HelpMate Robotics Inc. (successor to TRC)


  • Chairman and Director, HelpMate Robotics Inc.

Major Publications

  • "Economic and Sociological Impact of Industrial Robots," Proceedings of First International Symposium on Industrial Robots, 1970.
  • "Man Robot Symbiosis," Proceedings of Fourth International Symposium on Industrial Robots, 1974.
  • "Robotics, the Last Decade and the Next Decade," Kybemetes, Vol.4, pp 9-13, 1975.
  • "Performance Evaluation of Industrial Robots," Proceedings of Sixth International Symposium on Industrial Robots, 1976.
  • "Will Robots Invade Assembly Operations ?" SME Technical Paper #AD76-632, 1976.
  • "A Robotics Prognostication," Proceedings at Joint Automatic Control Conference, 1977.
  • "Smart Robots for Smart Machine Tools," Presented at 16th Numerical Control Society Annual Meeting & Technical Conference, 1979.
  • "Robots and Automobiles: Applications, Economics and the Future," SAE Technical Paper # 800377, Presented at Society of Automotive Engineers Congress and Exposition, 1980.
  • "Historical Perspective of Industrial Robots," Introductory Chapter to Handbook of Industrial Robots, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1983.
  • "Domesticating the Industrial Robot," Proceedings at the International Symposium and Exposition on Robots, Sydney, Australia, 1988.
  • Robotics in Practice: Management and Applications of Industrial Robots, J. F. Engelberger, with forward by Isaac Asimov, London, Kogan Page, 1980.
  • Robotics in Service, J. F. Engelberger, Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 1989.
  • "Health Care Robotics Goes Commercial-The Helpmate Experience," Robotica, VII, pp 517-523, 1993.
  • "Viewpoint-The Service Robot Frontier," Industrial Robot, Vol 20, No 5, pp 3-4, 1993.
  • Robotics in the 21st Century, Scientific American Vol 273, No 3, p 166, 1995.
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