Donald O. Pederson (September 30, 1925 – December 25, 2004) was an American professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and one of the designers of SPICE, the canonical integrated circuit simulator. Born in Hallock, Minnesota, Dr. Pederson entered Iowa State College in the autumn of 1943, but then left for the military during World War II. He served as a private in the U.S. Army in Germany 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 his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1948. He then attended Stanford University for graduate school, where he received his master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1949 and his Ph.D. 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 the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences of the University of California, Berkeley as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. In the late 1970s he began work on SPICE, with his colleagues from the Electronic Research Lab. He retired in 1991, but continued to teach part-time.
Dr. Pederson died on December 25, 2004 in Concord, California, of complication from Parkinson’s Disease.
Dr. Wooley is the Robert L. and Audrey S. Hancock Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Stanford. He received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966, 1968, and 1970, respectively. From 1970 to 1984 he was a member of the research staff at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, N.J. At Stanford he has served the Chair of the Department of Electical Engineering, the Senior Associate Dean of Engineering and the Director of the Integrated Circuits Laboratory. His research is in the field of integrated circuit design, where his interests include low-power mixed-signal circuit design, oversampling A/D and D/A conversion, circuit design techniques for video and image data acquisition, high-speed embedded memory, high-performance packaging and testing, noise in mixed-signal integrated circuits, and circuits for wireless and wireline communications. He has published more than 160 technical articles and is a coauthor of The Design of Low-Voltage, Low-Power Sigma-Delta Modulators and Design and Control of RF Power Amplifiers. He is a coeditor of Analog MOS Integrated Circuits, II .
Prof. Wooley is a Fellow of the IEEE and a past President of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. He has served as the Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and as the Chairman of both the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) and the Symposium on VLSI Circuits. He is also a past Chairman of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits and Technology Committee, and he has served as a member of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Adcom, the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Council, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Adcom, and the Executive Committees of the ISSCC and the Symposium on VLSI Circuits.