Archive for June, 2011

Jim Williams and Bob Pease Remembered

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

It is a sad time for analog designers and indeed, all of us familiar with the writings of Jim Williams and Bob Pease. Both men passed on within the last week or so, Jim after a stroke, and Bob in a car accident, just after attending a service for Jim.

I prepared a remembrance of Jim and Bob for Paul Rako, EDN’s analog editor, which appears within his Anablog. Paul has done a great job of assembling tributes to these two men, and everyone will find these memories a very good read. Very sad as well, but still, lots of good things to remember about both.

Some further tributes to these two prolific analog engineering contributors have been posted by Rich Pell and Patrick Mannion.

Kent Lunberg has prepared a bibliography of the works of Jim Williams.  He has also embarked on a (re)reading of Williams app notes, and blogs about this.

Linear Technology has prepared a special web page dedicated to Jim Williams Remembered.

National Semiconductor has prepared a special web page dedicated to Remembering Bob Pease.

Walt Jung

Memories of Bob Milne

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Bob Milne (courtesy ED)

The post below was originally prepared as a stand-alone piece, but has grown in context with numerous comments  from Bob Milne’s fellow editors and other friends. Be sure to scroll down and read all of them!

Bob Milne was an Electronic Design editor for more than 20  years. He was blessed with not only great technical skills, but also a wonderful persona. He was born Mar 22, 1940 and passed away Feb 14, 2011.

When I received news a few months ago of Bob’s passing, I wrote up a piece similar to what is below, and passed it on to ED columnist Bob Pease and the Electronic Design editors. Now with the more recent passing of Bob Pease (see the related posting here), it seems all the more important that Bob Milne (who in fact edited Pease’s columns) be honored. Bob Pease also had some very good things to say about Bob Milne, on Milne’s ED retirement.

With regard to Bob Milne, I’d go so far to say that he was an engineer’s editor. He was always wary of publishing rules, but also well tuned into the technical side, especially the analog art. And, he knew what would fly and what wouldn’t. Always fun to work with.

My personal association with Bob began around 1990, when I visited the Electronic Design New Jersey offices while with Linear Technology. With mutual interests in analog, audio, and computers, Bob and I simply hit it off from the start. It was to be a happy working rapport that lasted until Bob retired fully from Electronic Design, around 2005. 

During those years, we worked together many times. He taught me a lot about magazine technical publishing, especially during 1997-1998, when I was doing the “Walt’s Tools and Tips” column, while with Analog Devices. Bob was primarily responsible for my opportunity to do such a column, and for this I will always be grateful. He was very good at honing a wordy manuscript down to size, while minimally impacting technical content. We had great fun doing that series, and I valued that relationship and our continued friendship after his retirement.

Our friend Bob deserves honor for the good work he did for so long and so well. He’ll be missed here; as well I’m sure in other analog-savvy places.

Walt Jung

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Monday, June 27th, 2011

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