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Donald Pederson

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Born at Hallock, Minnesota on September 30, 1925, deceased at December 25, 2004 - Concord, California, of Parkinson's Disease.

Professor Pederson was considered by many the "Father of SPICE", a canonical circuit simulation program used for integrated circuit application. SPICE was created while he was a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His last position was Professor Emeritus at the university in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

History:

He entered Iowa State College in the autumn of 1943, but then left for the military during World War II, where he served in Germany as a private in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. Upon his return from service, he continued his undergraduate education at North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University) and earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1948. He then attended Stanford University for graduate school, where he received his master's degrees in electrical engineering in 1949 and his doctoral degree in 1951.

Pederson remained at Stanford as a researcher in the university's electronics research lab. From 1953 to 1955, he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories, in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and lectured at Newark College of Engineering.

In 1955, Pederson joined the faculty of UC Berkeley as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. He retired in 1991, but continued to teach part-time.

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