Monday, September 28, 2009

You probably don't know who Bob Widlar was...

I have a friend who I think is a LITTLE bit like him.

But I would give a lot to have known Bob.  He was one of those painfully smart, incorrigible, larger-than-life characters... like Richard Feynman.  Like Feynman, there are many "Widlar Stories".

He is most known for having invented the op-amp integrated circuit at National Semiconductor in the 1960s.  For you non-electronics types, that is a BIG deal.

And yet, it is not the only great thing he accomplished in the field of semiconductors and integrated circuits.
I won't go into all that. If you care, you can go look him up.

I just wanted to mention his name, just as a few other people occasionally do, because his name should not be forgotten.

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