SAN FRANCISCO Teradyne Inc. confirmed Tuesday (April 18) that company co-founder Nicholas DeWolf died April 16 in Aspen, Colo. He was 77.
DeWolf co-founded Teradyne in 1960 with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) classmate Alex d'Arbeloff. During his time as CEO of Teradyne, DeWolf is credited with designing more than 300 testers, including the world's first computer-operated semiconductor test system.
He left Teradyne in 1971, settling with his family in Aspen. DeWolf spent the years since leaving Teradyne involved in many civic, charitable and educational programs, according to a statement released by Teradyne.
In 1979, DeWolf was awarded the Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International (SEMI) Award for outstanding contributions to the semiconductor test industry.
DeWolf was born in Philadelphia in 1928 and graduated from MIT at 19. He went to work as an engineer for General Electric in the late 1940s, and left to become chief engineer at Transitron in the mid-1950s, working on semiconductor prototypes.
According to published reports, DeWolf died of complications from prostate cancer. He is survived by his wife Maggie and six children.