Biography: Born in Minneapolis in 1935, IEEE Life Fellow A. PAUL BROKAW spent his early years investigating flashlight workings and disemboweling toasters, and worked as a youngster and young man in radio-TV repair shops, doing military radar maintenance, and developing circuits for geophysical instrumentation at Well Surveys Inc.
After obtaining a BS in Physics from Oklahoma State University, he developed electronics for scientific satellites at Labko Scientific Inc. and joined Arthur D. Little Inc. as a circuit design consultant to industrial, scientific, and government clients in 1963, then Communication Technology Inc. doing contract product designs of telephone plant and subscriber equipment.
In 1971 he moved to Nova Devices, which became the Semiconductor Division of Analog Devices, where he held several positions generally related to design, and became an Analog Fellow. In 2009 he joined IDT as Senior Technologist and returned to Analog Devices in 20012.
Mr. Brokaw has designed a variety of products and holds upward of 100 U.S patents, with others pending, in areas including monolithic A/D and D/A converters, sensors, voltage references, amplifiers, power management circuits, and ASICs.
He was selected in 1993 as "Innovator of the Year" by the readers of EDN magazine and elected more recently to the Electronic Design Magazine "Hall of Fame." He has presented and published papers at technical conferences and in IEEE journals, and has been active in the IEEE as a guest editor of the JSSC and as a member for several years of the ISSCC program committee.