Radar Technology Pioneer Merrill Skolnik Dies at 94

Radar Technology Pioneer Merrill Skolnik Dies at 94

Merrill SkolnikFirst recipient of the IEEE Dennis J. Picard MedalLife Fellow, 94; died 27 January
Skolnik served as superintendent of the radar division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., for more than 30 years. While there, he made significant contributions including helping to develop high-frequency, over-the-horizon radar; a system that can identify friend or foe during combat; and high-resolution radar techniques.
For his work in the field, he was named the first recipient of the IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal…

Jay Last, a Father of Silicon Valley, Dies at 92

Jay Last, a Father of Silicon Valley, Dies at 92

Jay LastSilicon Valley pioneerLife member, 92; died 11 November
Last is considered to be one of the eight “Fathers of Silicon Valley,” according to the 2013 book Secrets of Silicon Valley.
After earning his Ph.D. in physics in 1959 from MIT, he was recruited by transistor coinventor William Shockley to be a laboratory assistant at his Semiconductor Laboratory, a division of Beckman Instruments near San Francisco. Last left after about a year and with seven of his colleagues founded Fairchild Semiconductor, headquartered in…

Paying Tribute to Former IEEE President Richard Gowen

Paying Tribute to Former IEEE President Richard Gowen

Richard Gowen, 1984 IEEE president, died on 12 November at the age of 86. An active volunteer who held many high-level positions throughout the organization, Gowen was president of the IEEE Foundation from 2005 to 2011 and two years later was appointed as president emeritus of the IEEE Foundation. He was also past chair of the IEEE History Committee.”I, along with the IEEE staff and Board of Directors are deeply saddened by this loss,” says Susan K. (Kathy) Land, 2021 IEEE…

Founder of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Labs Dies at 88

Founder of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Labs Dies at 88

Paul Penfield
Founder of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Labs
Fellow, 88; died 22 June
Penfield’s academic career at MIT spanned 45 years. He was instrumental in increasing the school’s involvement in silicon integrated circuit design. In 1977 he founded the institute’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, which provided modern fabrication facilities to enable research and provide education in nano- and microtechnologies
After joining MIT as a professor in 1960, he moved up the ranks and served as associate head of the electrical engineering and…

Former CEO of American Electric Power Dies at 94

Former CEO of American Electric Power Dies at 94

Willis S. “Pete” White Jr.Former CEO of American Electric PowerLife senior member, 94; died 4 July
White served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he joined American Electric Power in Columbus, Ohio, as an assistant engineer. Except for a short period volunteering for the Defense Electric Power Administration during the Korean War, he spent his entire career at AEP.
He worked in managerial positions in New York, Ohio, and Virginia, then became AEP’s chief executive in 1976 and…

Adobe Cofounder Charles Geschke Dies at 81

Adobe Cofounder Charles Geschke Dies at 81

Charles M. GeschkeAdobe cofounderHonorary member, 81; died 16 April Geschke helped create Adobe in 1982 with John Warnock, his colleague from Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in California. Their first Adobe product was PostScript, whose pivotal technology helped spark the desktop publishing revolution. Geschke earned a bachelor’s degree in classics in 1962 from Xavier University, in Cincinnati, where the next year he earned a master’s degree in mathematics. He then became a math professor at …