Born and raised during the Depression in rural Pennsylvania, Frederick (Rick) H. Dill graduated with a Ph.D. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. During a 1954 summer internship at IBM Ploughkeepsie he built a semiconductor ring counter, one of the first documented operating integrated circuits. He joined the IBM Research Division in 1958 and served the company until Hitachi Global Storage Technologies acquired the disk drive operation in 2002. He remained with Hitachi for 5 years before retiring. During his career, Dr. Dill performed pioneering research in semiconductor lasers, high-speed germanium ICs, materials for photolithography, video DRAMs, and high-capacity disk drive heads. He holds more than 30 patents. An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Dill has served on the IEEE Board of Directors, as president of the IEEE Electron Devices Society, and was one of the early presidents of IBM's Academy of Technology.
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