WRITTEN BY TERESA DENNARD and ROBERT H. DENNARD
EDITED WITH ADDITIONAL MATERIAL BY FRED HOLLAND.
|With Parents Lois (Heath) and Bufford L.|
"In the class photo I am directly behind Jerri Rayburn, the smallest boy on the back row. I started school about the time of my sixth birthday (9/5/32), barely six years old, on the same day as Jerri who was my next door neighbor. There were three classes there, and I suspect this was my first year. I completed the three grades in two years and remained among the youngest and smallest all through high school. It came in handy having a bigger, older brother like James at times."
|With Sisters, Evangeline (Holland) and Jessie Jo (Wedgeworth)|
|With siblings, Jessie Jo (Wedgeworth) and James (J.C.)|
|In his band uniform Southern Methodist University|
|IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center|
|Wearing the Kyoto Prize Medal for Advanced Technology|
At age 82, Robert still goes in to work at the Research Center. He and his wife, Jane, live in New York and enjoy walking their two Scottish terriers in a beautiful park on the edge of the river in Croton-on-Hudson. They sing with the Taghkanic Chorale in Westchester County, a group that sings Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn pieces. The Dennards also enjoy Scottish Country Dancing every week at classes sponsored by Westchester Scottish Country Dance Society in Elmsford.
Dr. Robert Dennard wrote to his nieces and nephews that, “Jane and I could not believe that we had the dance floor with this wonderful large band pretty much all to ourselves."
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Robert H. Dennard remarks...
“I often wake up in the middle of the night with a solution to a problem that I have been working on previously. Many inventors have described similar experiences to me, including getting out of bed to make notes or drawings before going back to sleep. Others have described significant inventions made while driving, which apparently leaves a lot of the mind free, at least before cell phones. My invention of the DRAM memory cell came early one evening after I came home stimulated and challenged from listening to a talk about a competing research project. The basic idea came in a moment, but there were a couple of months of perfecting it before the final simplification to a single transistor came in another flash of inspiration. At a National Inventors Hall of Fame event, while I was talking with four other inductees, I discovered that all five of us were raised in rural areas or small towns, and most started their education in one-room schoolhouses. We all were left on our own a lot with plenty of free time to develop our ideas about life. Now that may not be the key to our subsequent successes, but it surely is a counter argument to many of the things that are considered necessary for the younger generation today. I developed a very slow thinking process in my early days, and I believe that is why I am able to bring great concentration to a problem and engage my whole brain in finding a creative solution. ” ...
|Check out: Dr. Robert H. Dennard, IBM Fellow, beside his drawing of a DRAM cell (circuit schematic)|
"Can you imagine that I used a slide rule to design my first memory chip? The point of bringing that up is to ask the question, what will the world be like in another forty years? This is the challenge and the opportunity for young people today who are just starting their careers. The questions there are not how far they can go, but how far should they go."