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Grinich patent notebook (#1112)

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Grinich, Victor H.

Biographical Notes

Victor Grgurinović was born in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1924 to Croatian immigrant parents. He formally changed his name to Grinich to simplify roll call during his service in the U.S. Navy in World War II. As Grinich he received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington (1950) and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (1953) after which he pursued research at Stanford Research Institute (SRI), Menlo Park, California. Hired by William Shockley in 1956, Grinich was a member of the group of eight technologists who left Shockley Semiconductor to found Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957. At Fairchild he set up the test lab and other electronic systems where he was responsible for device characterization and applications. As Associate Director of Research in 1962, he shared “close responsibility with Dr. Moore in the overall lab direction.” According to Fairchild co-founder Julius Blank, ''He probably did more to push the analog circuitry than anyone else I know, especially in those early days.'' His department grew into the Fairchild Instrumentation operation that was spun out as a separate division of Fairchild Camera. Grinich left Fairchild in 1968 to found Escort Memory Systems and later taught at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley.


Fairchild Semiconductor

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Document number 1112


Single entry on page 1.


12 x 10 inches


Idea to improve the writing rate on a CRT.


The author is named as inventor on 1 U.S. patent. This patent is assigned to Fairchild:

U.S. patent 3034106, “Memory circuit.” Filed 1959-09-25. Issued 1962-05-08.



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Fairchild Semiconductor notebooks and technical papers


In addition to application notes and magazine articles, the author contributed to the following and conference papers during his service at Fairchild. He also co-wrote the textbook, Introduction to Integrated Circuits, McGraw-Hill College (June 1975):

Grinich, V. and Haas, I., Application of p-n-π-n triode switches. 1959 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference Digest of Technical Papers, vol. II (1959): 52-53.

Grinich, V. H. and Haas, I., p-n-π-n triode switching applications. IRE Transactions on Electronic Computers, vol. EC-8, iss. 2 (1959): 108-113.

Grinich, V. H., Why field-effect? 1963 International Electron Devices Meeting, vol. 9 (1963): 8.


Gift of Texas Instruments Incorporated

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