The semiconductor industry has lost another of its great pioneers. In terms of sheer life experience, it's hard to find a more compelling story than that of Felix Zandman, who was born in Poland in 1928, survived the holocaust by living under the floor boards of a house for 17 months, and went on to found a discrete IC and passive components suppliery—Vishay Intertechnology Inc.—which he grew to 22,000 employees and more than $2 billion in annual sales. He also piled up an impressive list of awards, more than 70 patents and numerous scientific papers, three text books and his autobiography—Never the Last Journey.
Sadly, Vishay reported today that Dr. Zandman—still serving as Vishay's executive chairman and chief technology officer after stepping down as CEO in 2004—passed away at the age of 83. He leaves behind a lasting legacy, three children, nine grand children, and an industry that is indebted to his many contributions.
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