Professor Frank E. Talke

Professor Talke received a Diplom-Ing. degree from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 1965 and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966 and 1968, respectively. From 1969 through 1986, he was working at the IBM Research and Development Laboratories in San Jose, CA , and in 1984 he spent one year as a guest professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of more than 300 publications and holds 11 US patents. His research interests are in the areas of the head/disk interface, tribology, mechanical design related to magnetic recording technology, and high precision instrumentation for mechanical and medical applications. Dr. Talke accepted a position as an Endowed Chair Professor at CMRR effective March, 1986.

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 STLE International Award (highest award of the STLE)
  • 2012 ASME-ISPS Institution Award
  • 2010 Best Joint University-Industry paper, ISPS Conference
  • 2010 IME Tribology Gold Medal
  • 2010 ASME Mayo D. Hersey Award
  • Inducted into Acatech, March 2009
  • 2008 ASME Medal
  • 2007 Humboldt Prize
  • 2006 Fellow, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Eng.)
  • 2005 Honorary Doctorate Degree (Dr-Ing. E.h.), Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
  • 2004 Fellow, STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Eng.)
  • 2002 ASME First Annual Seagate Information Technology Award
  • 2001 Fellow, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • 1999 Elected to National Academy of Engineering
  • 1999 Max-Planck Research Award for International Cooperation
  • 1984 IBM Outstanding Innovation Award
  • 1982, 1975 IBM Outstanding Contribution Award
  • 1963-1966 Scholarship of the German "Studienstiftung"