Brian E. Hollins was born and educated in England where he earned a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering in 1961. He worked as a design engineer before moving to California in 1966 to join Fairchild Semiconductor as a process/product engineer for transistors and integrated circuits (ICs). In 1968 he moved to National Semiconductor, Santa Clara, CA, where he served for 13 years in engineering and product line management positions for digital and linear ICs as the company grew from a few hundred to 13,000 employees. In 1981 he was one of four senior managers who spun off to found Linear Technology Corporation, Milpitas, CA, to focus on high-performance linear (analog) devices. As Vice President of Operations, Brian was responsible for all aspects of manufacturing, including designing, building, staffing, and managing wafer fabrication, test, and assembly facilities in California and subcontractors in Asia. He retired from the company in 1991 at which time Linear had emerged as one of the most highly respected and profitable companies in the analog IC business.