Marvin Rudin was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. After service in the US Navy, he graduated in 1949 with a BS in Engineering from Caltech and worked in engineering and management positions in California and Florida, including at Ford Aeronutronic, Hughes Ground Systems, RCA and Radiation Inc. In 1966 he was recruited by Gordon Moore to join the Fairchild Semiconductor R&D Laboratory in Palo Alto to manage the Linear Integrated Circuit design group. With funding from Bourns Inc. in 1969, together with Garth Wilson he co-founded pioneering analog IC company Precision Monolithics. Inc. in Santa Clara, CA. Rudin served as CEO and chief marketing officer of PMI until 1974. He later worked as a management consultant and developed and marketed consumer electronic timing devices and accessories.