Frank W. “Bill” Gutzwiller
joined General Electric in 1955 with an initial engineering assignment in power
semiconductors at the Clyde NY operation.
This was just at the time when GE was greatly expanding its presence
in semiconductor research, development and large scale production. During a 30+ year career at GE, Bill made
substantial contributions to the field of power semiconductor applications
and devices, specifically the silicon controlled rectifier (SCR) and the
Triac. He held numerous technical
and management positions at GE, authored multiple papers and books,
received over 20 U.S.
patents and was awarded the prestigious GE Cordiner and Steinmetz Awards
for outstanding contributions to the company. A summary of Bill’s contributions:
Developed the first SCR and Triac
Author of over 20 technical papers related
to power semiconductors.
Granted over 20 U.S. patents.
Co-author of highly regarded 1960s text on
SCR principles and applications.
Editor and contributor to the widely read GE
manuals on SCRs and transistors.
to Publications and Patents
Following his retirement from GE
in the mid 1980s, Bill was an electronics consultant for major U.S.
companies. More recently he has been
recognized as an award winning artist. You can see Bill’s paintings at: