Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Analog Electronics Loses Two Giants

I've always been more of a "analog" guy than a "digital" guy. It's probably because of when I grew up, and the fact that radio is really an analog mode.
On June 12th, Jim Williams passed away. I didn't know Jim, but he was one of the founding fathers of modern analog circuit design. He wrote many, many applications notes for Linear Technology (I'll bet I read most of them), many articles for EDN magazine, and published numerous books.
This morning I heard that another giant among analog engineers had passed away, Bob Pease.
I met Bob several times at conferences, and while I can't say he was a friend of mine, I always found him very charming, with an amazing sense of humor and wit. His column, or one of his "Pease Porridge" specials, was the first thing I turned to when my new Electronic Design arrived in the mail, and if they didn't run it that month, it really bummed me out.
Bob was driving his beloved 1969 VW Beetle, and was killed in a car crash coming home from the memorial for Jim Williams.
God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen!
The world is a far better place for having had men like you in it, and you will both be sorely missed.
My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to your families.

3 comments:

  1. I have always considered myself more of a digital person, but working on the old radios around here have converted me. My they Rest In Peace and thanks for the post!

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  2. Bob's stories about his VW Beetle are great!

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