James Fordemwalt

James Newton Fordemwalt, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Fordemwalt is a microelectronics pioneer and Arizona State University professor emeritus with a career spanning six decades of work in circuit and semiconductor engineering. Inspired by his father, a physical chemist, Dr. Fordemwalt earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at the University of Arizona before completing his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa in 1960. He began his career in General Electric’s nuclear power division and joined the Motorola Semiconductor Products Division in 1961. His work for Motorola and his contributions to the 1965 book “Integrated Circuits” helped galvanize the semiconductor engineering industry, and throughout his career, Dr. Fordemwalt was regarded as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the field. He remained in research and development until 1972, when he accepted an associate professor position at the University of Arizona. He joined the Arizona State University faculty in 1976, serving as Assistant Chair of Electronics and Computer Technology and Associate Chair of Microelectronics before being granted emeritus status in 2001.

Marquis Video Biography

Dr. Fordemwalt discusses his work in education in an interview with the Marquis Who’s Who crew.

Legacy Video

Dr. Fordemwalt’s accomplishments in science, technology, and education are highlighted in his Marquis Legacy video.

Wall Street Journal

Dr. Fordemwalt was featured among a group of Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award winners in the Wall Street Journal.

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Bloomberg Magazine

Dr. Fordemwalt’s status as a Marquis Who’s Who Top Educator was announced in a Bloomberg feature.

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Top Professionals

Dr. Fordemwalt was named a Marquis Top Educator in honor of his career with Arizona State University.

Marquis Radio

Dr. Fordemwalt explains his contributions to the development of the microchip in a Marquis Radio segment.

Humanitarian Award

In honor of his career contributions to microelectronics, Dr. Fordemwalt was presented with the Marquis Worldwide Humanitarian Award.

Marquis Milestones Timeline

Dr. Fordemwalt’s Marquis Milestones timeline shows the progression of his career and professional highlights.

Fortune Magazine

Dr. Fordemwalt was profiled among a select group of Marquis listees in the June/July 2022 edition of Fortune Magazine.

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Forbes Magazine

Dr. Fordemwalt was recognized as a distinguished Marquis Who’s Who listee in Forbes Magazine.

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