Terrence Fine

Terrence Fine

Electrical and Computer Engineering


After receiving his doctoral degree, Professor Fine became a lecturer and research fellow in the Division of Engineering and Applied Physics at Harvard University. In 1964 he was awarded a Miller Institute Junior Research Fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley, before joining Cornell's School of Electrical Engineering in 1966.

Fine was Director of Cornell's Center for Applied Mathematics from 1999 to 2004. He has been elected a Fellow of IEEE and was awarded an IEEE Third Millenium Medal. He has been a member of the governing board of the IEEE Neural Networks Council, and was a founding member and director of the NIPS Foundation. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Imprecise Probability: Theory and Applications.

Fine was awarded the Fioni Ip Li and Donald Li Excellence in Teaching Award (1996), the Ruth and Joel Spira Excellence in Teaching Award (1999) and the Douglas Whitney '61 Excellence in Teaching Award (2002). He retired in 2010.

Professor Fine passed away on January 31, 2021 at the age of 81.

Selected Publications

  • Fierens, P. I., L.C. Rego, Terrence Fine. 2009. "A Frequentist Understanding of Sets of Measures." Journal of Statistical Planning Inference 139: 1879-1892.
  • Fine, Terrence. 2008. "Evaluating the Pasadena, Altadena, and St Petersburg Gambles." Mind 613-632.
  • Fine, Terrence. 2006. Probability and Probabilistic Reasoning for Electrical Engineering. Pearson/Prentice-Hall.
  • Ku, C-J., Terrence Fine. 2006. "A Bayesian Independence Test for Small Datasets." IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing 54: 4026-4031.
  • Guillermo del, A., Terrence Fine. 2005. "Information Capacity and Power Control for Slotted Aloha Random-access Systems." IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 51: 4074-4090.


  • B.E.E., (Electrical Engineering), City College of New York, 1958
  • S.M., (Applied Physics), Harvard University, 1959
  • Ph.D., (Applied Physics), Harvard University, 1963