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Moll patent notebook (#499)

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This book was issued to the author by Stanford Electronics Laboratories of Stanford University during the time that he was consulting with Fairchild. It includes product ideas for a short lifetime diode, oxide voltage regulator, photon emitters and linear amplifiers. Many pages were used for long-hand calculations with no identified context.




Moll, John L.

Biographical Notes

John Lewis Moll was born in 1921 in Wauseon, Ohio, to a family of Mennonite farmers. He earned a B.Sc. in Physics (1943) and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (1952) from Ohio State University. From 1944 to 1945 he worked at RCA Labs, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. From 1952 to 1958 he was on the Technical Staff at the Bell Telephone Laboratories where he worked on modeling of solid-state switches, the Ebers-Moll equation, diffusion, and oxide masking. From 1958 to 1970, he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and consulted for Hewlett-Packard Associates, Fairchild Camera and Hewlett Packard. At Stanford, he worked on silicon devices, including MOS devices and III-V materials and devices. In 1970, he moved to Fairchild Semiconductor where he led work on Si ICs and III-V optoelectronic devices. From 1974 until his retirement in 1996 he worked for Hewlett Packard where he led work on development and device modeling of bipolar and MOS silicon devices, high temperature superconductor materials and integrated circuit design. Moll received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1964; Howard N. Potts Medal, Franklin Institute, 1967; the Ebers Award, IEEE Electron Devices Society, 1971; the Benjamin Lamme Medal, Ohio State University, 1988; IEEE Edison Medal in 1991; Eta Kappa Nu's Vladimir Karapetoff Eminent Members' Award in 1995; the 1997 C&C Prize (group A) from the C&C Foundation of Japan. He was a Fellow of the IEEE; member of the American Physical Society; the National Academy of Engineering; and the National Academy of Sciences.


Stanford Electronics Laboratories

Identifying Numbers

Document number 499


Approximately 18 dated entries over 75 pages.


12 x 10 inches


The author is named as inventor on 7 U.S. patents, including 1 patent assigned to Fairchild:

U.S. patent 3911430, “Alpha-numeric display package.” Filed 1974-04-17. Issued 1975.



Collection Title

Fairchild Semiconductor notebooks and technical papers


The author did not contribute to any identified papers during his service at Fairchild. However, he wrote many scientific papers and several books during his career, including "Physics of Semiconductors" and "Computer Aided design and VLSI device development."


Gift of Texas Instruments Incorporated

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