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John Lewis Moll Died July 19th at the age of 89 in Palo Alto, California. Born December 21st, 1921 in Wauseon, Ohio to Mennonite farmers, Samuel and Esther Moll, he had 6 siblings. In 1943 he earned a B.Sc. in Physics from Ohio State University. From 1944 to 1945 he worked at RCA Labs, Lancaster, PA, where he met and married (10/18/44) Isabel Sieber, also on the technical staff. 1952 John obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from OSU. From 1952 to 1958 John was on the Technical Staff at the Bell Telephone Laboratories. He assembled a group that researched the development of semiconductor devices. Significant contributions from this group include modeling of solid-state switches, the development of physical arguments and of technology that suggested silicon would be a better semiconductor material than Germanium, the Ebers-Moll equation, and the eponymous transistor model. Seminal technology developments included demonstrations of diffusion, oxide masking, gettering, and practical contact metallurgy. From 1958 to 1970, John was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, often consulting for HP Associates, Fairchild Camera and Hewlett Packard. At Stanford, he worked on silicon devices, including MOS devices and, also III-V materials and devices. In 1970, he moved to Fairchild Semiconductor where he led work on Si ICs and III-V opto-electronic devices. From 1974 until his retirement in 1996 he worked for Hewlett Packard where he led work on development and device modeling of bipolar and MOS silicon devices, high temperature superconductor materials and integrated circuit design. During his career he wrote many scientific papers and several books including "Physics of Semiconductors" and "Computer Aided design and VLSI device development." John received numerous awards a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1964; Howard N. Potts Medal, Franklin Institute, 1967; the Ebers Award, IEEE Electron Devices Society, 1971; the Benjamin Lamme Medal, Ohio State University, 1988; IEEE Edison Medal in 1991; Eta Kappa Nu's Vladimir Karapetoff Eminent Members' Award in 1995; the 1997 C&C Prize (group A) from the C&C Foundation of Japan. He was a Fellow of the IEEE; member of the American Physical Society; the National Academy of Engineering; and the National Academy of Sciences. John is survived by his three children Nick, Benjamin, and Diana Moll, three grandchildren, Ilana Brown, Laurel Moll and Dexter Simmons. He was preceded in death by all his siblings, and his wife Isabel, who died December 29th, 2007. A memorial service will be held at the Stanford Memorial Church on August 25th at 4PM. For further information please contact Diana Moll at banditrabbit@earthlink.net or go to http://www.zoji.com/993722/events/2133264
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 31, 2011
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