Bob Widlar was a prolific and creative design engineer who gave us such important circuit techniques as the Widlar current source and a host of others. Anyone with analog design expertise can likely rattle off a long list of contributions from Widlar.
As for Paul Grey and Robert Meyer, they are responsible for authoring "Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits." It is the one college textbook you will see in virtually every EE's bookshelf.
The 8080 microprocessor was one of the first widely accepted microprocessors, at the beginning of the personal computer era.
Dr. Fujio Masuoka of Toshiba for inventing "flash memories," without which none of the the hand-held computing revolution and digital video was possible....imagine a world without flash memories - a world with iPad/iPhone/insert your favorite camera here with hard drives
PCI transformed the PC industry, and every other market for computing, from HPC to the simplest Embedded Electronics. Intel, IBM, Digital Equipment, NCR, Adaptec, ATI Technologies, Compaq , HP , Microsoft..(I was there, have complete list somewhere)
The original PCI architecture Intel team included, among others, Dave Carson, Norm Rasmussen, Brad Hosler, Ed Solari, Bruce Young, Gary Solomon, Ali Oztaskin, Tom Sakoda, Rich Haslam, Jeff Rabe, and Steve Fischer.
Indeed, a lot of innovations cannot be attributed to a single name. That point was raised a number of times in our newsroom discussions.
But that said, again, as I pointed out earlier in this story, we are NOT looking for definitive answers for "fathers" of any given technologies. We will leave that discussion elsewhere.
Here, we are looking for a gem. Perhaps, a story behind stories. Or someone -- who may not have received a lot of press -- played an important role in a bigger team.
elPresidente, I respect your view on this. Indeed, that's one way to look at it.
But it's our intention to go BEYOND EEs on our list.
Why? EE's technology innovation and contribution don't happen in isolation.
By the time such innovation becomes a truly successful technology or "force" in the industry, it often received help and contribution from those working in other scientific disciplines or even MBAs.
Why limit ourselves to EEs, or the topic of EEs? EEs have always been a part of many bigger technology stories.
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