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Nathaniel B. Nichols (1914–1997) was an American control engineer who made significant contributions to the field of control theory. He is well known for his book Theory of Servomechanisms, one of the most widely read books in control engineering.

Nathaniel B. Nichols
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Central Michigan University
Scientific career
FieldsControl theory

Nichols received a B.S. in chemistry in 1936 from Central Michigan University, and an M.S. in physics from the University of Michigan in 1937.[1]

He was President of the IEEE Control Systems Society in 1968 and the American Automatic Control Council in 1974 and in 1975; and a recipient of the Rufus Oldenburger Medal (1969)[2] and the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award (1980).[3]


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  2. ^ "Rufus Oldenburger Medal". American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award". American Automatic Control Council. Retrieved February 10, 2013.

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