Stanford engineering professor and inventor John G. Linvill dies at 91
John Linvill, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford and inventor of the Optacon reading device for the blind, died on February 19, 2011. He was 91.
Linvill was a revered figure at Stanford as much for his self-effacing and unpretentious style as for his engineering foresight and his commitment to the entrepreneurial spirit. He chaired the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1964 to 1980 and was a seminal figure in the School of Engineering during the 1960s and '70s heyday that fed well-trained electrical engineers to an eager and growing Silicon Valley. Read Full Article »