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Dr. Frank Marion Wanlass

Resident of Santa Clara

May 17, 1933 - Sept. 9, 2010

Dr. Frank Marion Wanlass passed from the complications of diabetes.

He was born in Thatcher, Arizona, the son of Frank and Josephine Wanlass. He served his country for two years during the Korean War. He earned his PhD in physics from the University of Utah in 1962. While at the UofU he had his first idea for CMOS, the further developed it while working for Fairchild. CMOS technology is employed in most electronic devices. He was awarded the IEEE Solid-State Circuit Award in 1991 for his invention, and was inducted into the Inventor Hall of Fame in 2009. He lived and worked in the Cupertino/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, CA area from 1970 onwards. His mind was active to the end. Funeral Services will be in Utah Sept. 18. For a complete obituary please see www.legacy.com/ obituaries for September 16.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Sept. 23, 2010
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