Richard L. Petritz


Richard L. Petritz
Rockford, IL, USA
Associated organizations
Texas Instruments
Fields of study


Richard L. Petritz (IRE Associate, 1954; Member, 1960; and Senior Member, 1962) was born in Rockford, Illinois, on 24 October 1922. he received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering, in 1946 and 1947, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in physics, in 1950, all from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

While completing his graduate studies at Northwestern University where he was a Walter P. Murphy Fellow, from January 1948 to June 1949, Petritz held various positions in the fields of physics, electronics, and nuclear weapons. From 1950 to 1954, he was a member of the Physics Department of the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Texas Instruments, Incorporated, in Dallas, Texas, in 1958, Petritz was Chief of the Semiconductor Research Branch at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak, Maryland. In 1962, he was the Director of the Semiconductor Research Laboratory, Corporate Research and Engineering at Texas Instruments.

Petritz received the IRE Browder J. Thompson Memorial Prize, in March 1954, and the U.S. Navy honored hims with the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in December 1954. Petritz was a Fellow of the Texas Academy of Science and a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Association of University Professors, the American Physical Society, Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Triangle Fraternity, and the Washington Philosophical Society,

Further Reading

Richard Petritz Oral History