In Memoriam: February 2014

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

28 February 2014

obitMones Photo: Ruth Mones

Arthur H. Mones
Electrical engineer
Life Member, 83; died 12 August

Mones, who held more than 30 patents for integrated chips and other electronic components, spent nearly five decades in the electronics industry.

In 1947 Mones began working as an engineer at Hogan Laboratories, in Brooklyn, N.Y., while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now the Polytechnic Institute of New York University). He earned his degree in 1951 and from 1952 to 1954 served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps. He then returned to Hogan until 1958, when he left to become a researcher at IBM Laboratories, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Some of the semiconductors he helped develop there were used in the IBM 360 series, the first family of computers designed to cover a range of commercial and scientific applications. Mones went on to work at several electronics companies from 1969 to 1995, including Honeywell, in Phoenix, and DuPont, in Research Triangle Park, N.C. He retired in 1996.

Mones earned several awards, including the 1970 Daniel C. Hughes Award, presented by the International Society for Microelectronics, for the development of thick-film technology and manufacturing techniques. He also received the 1972 Distinguished Alumni Award from Polytechnic Institute.

He was a member of the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society.

Mones earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and physics in 1957, also from the Polytechnic Institute. 

obitHolmes Photo: Atlanta Journal- Constitution

Edward Holmes
Life Senior Member, 90; died 8 October

Holmes was the founder of E.G. Holmes and Associates, a manufacturers’ representative in Apex, N.C., that sells electronic test equipment to government and academic research laboratories.

He started the company in the late 1950s and retired in 1988. Holmes then volunteered for the Service Corps of Retired Executives, a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring services to small business owners.

Holmes earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech.

David A. Hibbs
Marine engineer
Life Member, 79; died 10 October

Hibbs, a research engineer for Exxon Mobil, helped develop underwater vehicles for deep-water exploration and salvage recovery.

He was a member of the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society.

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Thottathil V. Oommen
Materials engineer
Life Senior Member, 79; died 30 October

Oommen was known for his work on moisture equilibrium in transformers and static electrification.

After earning his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1971 from the University of Washington, Seattle, he did postgraduate work at Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Ill. In 1977 Oomen joined Westinghouse, in Muncie, Ind., and then moved to its Sharon, Pa., location in 1983. When ABB acquired Westinghouse’s transformer division in 1990, he transferred to the company’s Raleigh, N.C., location. While there, he coinvented Biotemp, a dielectric insulating fluid made with biodegradable vegetable oil. Oommen retired in 2000 but continued to consult for the company until 2012.

He was a member of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation and Power & Energy societies.

obitKaminow Photo: University of California

Ivan P. Kaminow
Lightwave technology pioneer
Life Fellow, 83; died 18 December

Kaminow was a photonics researcher for 42 years at Bell Labs, in Murray Hill, N.J.

His career began in 1952 when he joined Hughes Aircraft Co., in Glendale, Calif., as a research fellow, where he worked with microwave antenna arrays. Kaminow joined Bell Labs in 1954 and did pioneering research on electro-optic modulators and materials, integrated optics, and semiconductor lasers. Later, as head of the organization’s photonic networks and components department, he led research on wavelength-division multiplexing components. He retired from the company in 1996.

In 2004 Kaminow joined the University of California, Berkeley, as an adjunct professor of electrical engineering. He also founded Kaminow Lightwave Technology, a consulting firm for technology companies and law firms.

He also served as an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow, acting as an advisor to the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He received the 2013 IEEE Edison Medal for “pioneering, lifelong contributions to and leadership in photonic devices and networks instrumental to global high-capacity optical networks.” He also received the 2010 IEEE Photonics Award from the IEEE Photonics Society for “seminal contributions to electro-optic modulation, integrated optics, and semiconductor lasers, and leadership in optical telecommunications”

Kaminow was a member of the IEEE Communications and Photonics societies.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1952 from Union College, in Schenectady, N.Y. He went on to earn a master’s degree in 1954 from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in 1960 from Harvard University.

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