Wonham W M

University Professor Emeritus

Systems Control


Contact Information
E-Mail: wonham@control.utoronto.ca
Phone: (416) 978-6299
Office: GB 342
Website: http://www.control.utoronto.ca/~wonham


W. Murray Wonham received the B.Eng. degree in engineering physics from McGill University in 1956, and the PhD in control engineering from the University of Cambridge (U.K.) in 1961.  From 1961 to 1969 he was associated with several U.S. research groups in control, including the Research Institute of Advanced Studies (RIAS), Brown University’s Department of Applied Mathematics, and NASA’s Electronics Research Center.  Since 1970 he has been a faculty member in Systems Control, with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Toronto. Wonham’s research interests have included stochastic control and filtering, geometric multivariable control, and discrete-event systems.  He is the author of “Linear Multivariable Control: A Geometric Approach” (Springer-Verlag: 3rd ed. 1985) and co-author (with C. Ma) of “Nonblocking Supervisory Control of State Tree Structures” (Springer-Verlag: 2005).  He has published over 100 research articles in refereed journals and supervised over 60 Master’s and PhD candidates.


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Foreign Associate of the (U.S.) National Academy of Engineering
  • Honorary Professor, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA)
  • University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
  • Associate Editor, Discrete Event Dynamic Systems
  • Member, Professional Engineers of Ontario
  • IEEE Control Systems Science and Engineering Award
  • Brouwer Medallist of the Netherlands Mathematical Society

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