Paul Richman (microchip pioneer)

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Paul Richman
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Born (1942-11-17) November 17, 1942 (age 79)
Alma mater
OccupationChairman and Chief Executive Officer at The Consortium for Technology Licensing, Ltd.
Spouse(s)Ellen Margaret Richman
  • Lee Stuart Richman
  • Alyson Michelle Richman
  • Daniel Noah Richman
  • Harry Richman (father)
  • Molly Armel Richman (mother)
RelativesDr. Lawrence David Richman (brother)

Paul Richman (born November 17, 1942) is an American entrepreneur, researcher, educator, and business executive. He retired from his positions of Chairman, President, and CEO of Standard Microsystems Corporation, where he served for almost three decades. Richman is also the renowned author of two seminal textbooks relating to “microchips” and has also contributed to a number of technical journals around the world.[1]

Richman is a well-known expert in the field of semiconductor devices and microchips. He developed the now patented COPLAMOS technology, which pioneered the use of self-aligned, field-doped, locally-oxidised structures in metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) integrated circuits.

Early life and education

Richman was born on 17 November 1942 to Harry and Molly Armel Richman in New York. He grew up with his brother Lawrance. He enrolled in MIT where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1963. He then received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1964.[2]


Richman began his career in microelectronics in 1971 when he co-founded Standard Microsystems. He served for twenty-nine years at the company as its Vice President of Research & Development, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board. He also was an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the City University of New York, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a member of the Visiting Committee for M.I.T.'s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.[3]

Richman was named Chairman, President, and CEO of The Consortium for Technology Licensing in 1994. He worked extensively with prominent academic institutions and enterprises all over the world during his time there, assisting them in licensing their semiconductor-related intellectual property rights.[4]

Richman was the inventor, and held the basic patent for, COPLAMOS technology, which pioneered the use of self-aligned field-doped, locally oxidized structures in MOS integrated circuits.[5]

He was responsible for most of the early work that led to the understanding and management of parasitic field-aided space-charge-limited current in high-density MOS integrated circuits, among other key technical contributions to the field of microelectronics. The current editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Technology, and Who's Who in Finance and Industry include Mr. Richman's biography.

Books and publications

Richman is the author of Characteristics and Operation of MOS Field-Effect Devices,[6] published by McGraw-Hill, and MOS Field-Effect Transistors and Integrated Circuits, published by John Wiley & Sons. These books have gained global recognition and have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. He has also written numerous articles in technical journals around the world.

Awards and recognition

  • 1978: Winner of Electronics magazine’s annual Award for Achievement for “major innovations in device fabrication techniques that greatly increase the performance of metal-oxide-semiconductor integrated circuits.”[7]
  • Richman was selected as one of the thirty people in the world most responsible for the development of integrated circuit technology (the microchip) over the past thirty years.
  • 1998: Richman won the IEEE’s Harold A. Wheeler Award.
  • 2000: Richman was awarded the IEEE's Third Millennium medal.

Personal life

Richman married Ellen Margret on 3 July 1996. The couple has three children - Lee Stuart, Alyson Michelle, and Daniel Noah. He currently resides in Nissequogue, New York.


  1. "Wi-LAN Announces the Addition of Paul Richman and Rick Shorkey to its Board of Directors" (PDF). Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  2. "Paul Richman Recognized by Marquis Who's Who for Excellence in Electrical Engineering". 24-7 Press Release Newswire. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  3. "Inductees" (PDF). Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  4. "richman-steps-down-from-smsc". edn. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  5. Staff, LIBN (1 October 1999). "Intel Corp. and SMSC sign tech pact | Long Island Business News". Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  6. "Characteristics And Operation Of Mos Field-effect Devices by Richman, Paul - 1967". (in gb). Retrieved 21 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  7. "Metal-oxide-Semiconductor-Field-effect-Transistors-Integrated". amazon. Retrieved 21 January 2022.

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