John L. Moll

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John L. Moll
Born (1921-12-21)December 21, 1921
Wauseon, Ohio, USA
Died July 19, 2011(2011-07-19) (aged 89)
Palo Alto, California, USA
Residence United States
Nationality American
Notable awards J J Ebers Award (1971)
IEEE Edison Medal (1991)

John Louis Moll (December 21, 1921 – July 19, 2011) was an American electrical engineer, notable for his contributions to solid-state physics.


Moll was born in Wauseon, Ohio, and obtained a B.Sc. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University in 1943 and 1952 respectively. The Ebers-Moll transistor model, and the theory of the p-n-p-n switch, came from this effort.

Moll was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1964; Howard N. Potts Medal, Franklin Institute, 1967, and received the IEEE Edison Medal in 1991 "for pioneering contributions to diffused and oxide-masked silicon devices, transistor analysis, the p-n-p-n switch, and optoelectronics."[1]

He was a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the American Physical Society, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.[1]


  1. ^ a b "John L. Moll". IEEE History Network. Retrieved 2011-03-01.