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Inventors at Work: The Minds and Motivation Behind Modern Inventions by Brett Stern

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Robert Dennard

IBM Fellow

Born in Terrell, Texas, in 1932, Robert Dennard earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southern Methodist University (SMU). In 1958, he received a PhD from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pennsylvania. The young engineer and scientist soon joined IBM’s Research Division and eventually began working on integrated circuitry.

In 1966, Dennard conceived of a revolutionary approach to computer memory—dynamic random access memory (DRAM)—and received a patent for his invention in 1968. In 1974, Dennard and fellow IBM team members published Design of Ion-Implanted MOSFETs with Very Small Physical Dimensions ...

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