Robert Heath Dennard
U.S.A. / September 5, 1932
IBM Fellow, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, IBM Corporation
“Invention of Dynamic Random Access Memory and Proposal of Guidelines for FET Miniaturization”
Dr. Robert Heath Dennard invented the basic structure of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), which is now extensively utilized as one of integrated circuit (IC) memory systems. His innovation has immensely increased the capacity of digital information storage, leading to dramatic progress in information and telecommunications technology. Dr. Dennard and his colleagues also proposed guidelines, called “scaling theory”, to miniaturize field-effect transistors, which play key roles in most ICs, including DRAM, thereby promoting the amazing advance in IC technology.