Jim Williams's passing came far too soon. He was a man of enormous talent, insight, and generosity. I'd occasionally run into Williams at Haltek Surplus in Mountain View, where he typically was scavenging for Tek parts or obscure electronic components. The state of analog electronics was significantly enhanced because of his contributions. He will be sorely missed.
The engineer's engineer and mentor. I continue to find new insights every time I read or reread one of his publications. Still have one of his little hand made avalanche pulsers he gave out at an LTC seminar in North Jersey several years ago for answering what the 'PDP' in DEC's minicomputer line stood for. Thank you Jim for helping to keep the satisfaction and fun in designing alive.
One of the best Analog Designers the world has ever known.
Tremendous insight in things analog. I have some of his very detailed app notes and articles that have been a primo guide to analog designing. Jim took great care to pay attention to details and this made him a first rate analog designer.
A true lover and expert of the analog design craft.
Crying freely remembering my friend through this wonderful article and the heartfelt comments. Particularly sad that I didn't spend more time with him in the last 5-10-20 years. Uncountable numbers of electrical engineers, especially analog nerds like I was (now retired), have been influenced and will continue to be influenced by Jim. Indescribable, his influence on the world of precise, robust electronic design - on top of being a model human being of the highest quality, exquisite communicator, humble almost to a fault. I, too, had the privilege of labbing with him in Building 20 at MIT back in the '70s, as well as working briefly with him at LTC. Further, I enjoyed numerous telephone conversations when I was working elsewhere and needed help making circuits behave better. Always generous with his time, patient with my sometimes delayed uptake, and that hint of a southern Virginia drawl. As Jim would say to conclude any conversation, "Bye-bye."
Last time Jim and I hung out (2 months ago), he commented "I'm 63, in good health, love what I do for a living, work with great people, and have a great family. Life is very very good." Sorry, tekwatcher - take your trolling elsewhere and don't disrespect our friend.
Jim left us this message:
Don't go into engineering!
You will only toil as a slave for others, accumulate untold unpaid overtime hours, deal with nasty supervisors, suffer extreme schedule and budget pressures, then DIE of a stroke at an early age! Had Jim been a wine grower, he would have made it to 80+ and enjoyed all the great tastes of the wine of life.
Well, he had his passions. Amen.
I will miss Jim very much an my heartfelt condolence to his family. I designed many products for Industrila Instrumentation from Jim's black box solution and I communicated him when he was with Burr-Brown. I remembered his XTR103 and XTR101 products from Burr-Borwn.
For the past 25 years, well since I started out in electronics, seeing the name Jim Williams on a data sheet or application note meant quality and credibility. He was one of the reasons why so many designs that I worked on contained LT parts.
A terribly sad loss.
Wow... When I read the headline, I felt like I had been punched in the gut. Jim's articles have been a continuing source of information and just plain things that make you go, "Hmmmm..." I suppose I identified with him in particular because despite his lack of a formal EE degree, he showed that experience, intelligence, and excitement about electronics can take you to the heights of recognition by your peers. We will certainly miss the brains & talent of this great engineer!