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Weinig, Shelly (Sheldon) SEMI oral history

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Sheldon Weinig spent five years as a professor at Columbia University before founding Materials Research Corporation (MRC) in 1957. MRC, a company supplying materials and equipment to the semiconductor and computer industries, became a public corporation and was listed on the American Stock Exchange. Weinig made the transition from technologist to businessman and remained as chairman and CEO of the company for more than 20 years. Sony acquired MRC in 1989 and following the merger, Weinig remained with Sony America for seven years as vice chairman of engineering and manufacturing. In April 1996, he retired and accepted Adjunct Professorships at Columbia University and The State University of New York at Stony Brook, N.Y. Weinig received his Doctorate in Metallurgy from Columbia University. His technological contributions to the field of electronic materials resulted in his induction into the National Academy of Engineering in 1984, and in 1988, the Government of France awarded him the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur. In 1980, he received the SEMI Award for developing the critical materials necessary for the growth of the semiconductor industry. In 1990, he was elected to the International Technology Institute’s Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology. Weinig served two terms as a member of President Reagan’s Board of Advisors on Private Sector Initiatives, was a member of the U.S.-Japan Scientific Exchange Committee, and also served as a member of the SEMI board of directors.




Addison, Craig, Interviewer
Weinig, Sheldon, Interviewee


Computer History Museum

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New York City, New York


20 p.

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Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)


Oral history

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Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) oral histories and company videos


Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International

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