Fred Miller, the founder of a successful microelectronics wire bonding company, died April 21. He was 81.
A spokesman for Miller's company, West Bond Inc. (Anaheim, Calif.), said he died from complications after a heart attack and brain injuries suffered in a fall the previous week.
Fred Miller, founder of West Bond Inc.
Miller bootstrapped West Bond in 1966, and incorporated the company in 1968. He is credited with developing the industry's first X-Y-Z micromanipulator for wire bonding.
Miller held 48 patents, including one for "deep access" wire feed technology that gave device makers the ability to bond gold and aluminum wire as fine as 0.0007 of an inch.
Miller earned degrees in mechanical engineering and naval science from the University of Wisconsin. A Korean war veteran, he achieved the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include a daughter, Ann Marie, a physician in El Paso, Texas, and three grandchildren. Fred Miller was preceded in death by: a sister, Molly Wyatt of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Dan; his first wife, E. Ruth Miller; and their elder two children, Jeffrey Lyn and Michael Bowden.