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Subject:  Obit: Robert Walsh invent silicon wafer polishi Date:  10/14/2012  7:40 PM
Author:  pauleckler Number:  1177 of 1269

Obituary in today's Post-Dispatch:

Robert Walsh, inventor of Monsanto's silicon wafer polishing technology, on which the current MEMC was founded.

Robert Jerome Walsh
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Walsh, Robert Jerome 83, of Ballwin, Missouri, died on Monday October 8, 2012 at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. He was born January 12, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to William F. Walsh and Alma Marie Liljequist Walsh. He married Joyce Ann Roller of Dayton, Ohio in 1954, and they were later divorced in 1967. Bob grew up in Wisconsin and his future scientific career was foreshadowed by the extensive home chemistry laboratory he maintained in high school. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, receiving a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1950. A brilliant scientist and inventor, he spent most of his career working for Monsanto; first in Dayton (1952-1961), where he began as a Research Engineer, and later in St. Louis (1961-1986) where he eventually retired as a Senior Fellow. He held a total of 18 patents that significantly shaped the development of the worldwide electronics industry, of which 12 have been successfully commercialized. Perhaps the most remarkable of these is the Walsh Process for polishin