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Steve Taranovich

The loss of my friend and mentor Howard Skolnik

Steve Taranovich
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8/1/2018 11:20:45 AM
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Re: Loss of early amplifier pioneers
Here is the image to which @TucsonMike was referring

The IEEE Milestone for Burr-Brown Corp

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TucsonMike
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7/30/2018 1:40:43 PM
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Loss of early amplifier pioneers
Yes, Howard's passing removes another of the anchors to the BurrBrown pantheon of industry leaders. I had joined in 1995 more as a current feedback expert over on the high speed side. But, we knew if we had "ANY" question on the more traditional BurrBrown precision op amps and INA's, we could stroll over and get an answer from the source of a lot of that earlier development. Either Howard, Bruce Trump, Mark Stitt, Niel Albaugh, Rod Burt, etc, etc would be around and have a seemingly infinite well of knowledge in those areas. I particularly liked that picture you put up Steve from the BurrBrown conference room in the Engineering bldg on the UA campus here in Tucson. Not only is that an illustrious grouping up front, but Jimmy Naylor is in that picture behind them - the father of digital audio. He developed the original PCM audio DAC's for the Sony Walkman, etc  back in 1981. For which, BurrBrown did receive that IEEE Milestone award (thanks to Paul Prazak's efforts) back in 2010. I swung by and got a picture of that this morning at the entrance to the TI-Tucson facility. 

Steve said he would try to add the image I got of the Milestone award - for those not aware this is a very rarely granted award where the first one was to Benjamin Frankly (posthumously of course)

 

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manta22
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7/29/2018 8:36:24 PM
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Howard Skolnik
All of us former Burr-Brown people are sorry to hear of the death of our friend, Howard Skolnik, a good engineer and a fine man. Howard and Bill Olchefsky (SP?) were the two engineers who interviewed me in 1977 when I was applying for a job in the Analog Division. Things were going pretty well until Howard asked me "What is the diode equation?"... I admitted to him that I hadn't the slightest idea. I guess he thought that was something that I could learn so I joined BB shortly thereafter.

Howard designed a few of our hybrid FET-input op amps but I remember him as the father of the ISO100 optical isolation amplifier, a clever LED- photodiode design. Coincidentaly Bill was also the designer of an isolation amplifier, the self-powered magnetically coupled 3656.

In the days before the big corporate takeover, Burr-Brown had an almost "family" atmosphere. Our family has lost a dear member in Howard Skolnik.

Regards, Neil Albaugh  ex-Burr-Brown

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