Mr. Abe was born in 1936 in Otaru, on Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. He attended Hokkaido University, majoring in physics. He was recruited by a previous graduate of the same university to come to Tokyo and work for Shin-Etsu Handotai. The year was 1964. Abe requested a job in basic research, but the company needed help in growing crystalline silicon for use in semiconductors.
Abe was given the job to improve the quality of the silicon ingots. He traveled to Bell Labs and to Siemens, as Siemens was the source of their crystal growing equipment. During the interview, Abe describes the ups and downs of the industry and his substantial contributions to the quality of silicon wafers.
silicon wafers; Silicon on Insulator; SOI; Dash-necking; Voronkov; SIMOX; Hokkaido University