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Richard A. Chapman, PhD Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Chapman has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in physics research

Richard A. Chapman, PhD is the author of 42 US Patents, 18 foreign patents, and 154 published papers.

    DALLAS, TX, December 31, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Richard Chapman with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Chapman celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Richard (Dick) Chapman is well known for his unique combination of outstanding contributions to semiconductor device development and his earlier collegiate football career. Richard was born in 1932 and spent his early life in Waxahachie, Texas. His accomplishments were due in great part to his lawyer father and his piano teacher mother. Richard attended Rice University on a football scholarship obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in physics in 1954. He was Junior Class President and selected as an Outstanding Senior. He was a captain of the Rice football team that defeated Alabama by a score of 28-6 in the 1954 Cotton Bowl. Rice was ranked 6th in the nation. The Detroit Lions selected him as their 1954 first round draft choice. Instead, he decided to stay at Rice and obtained his Masters degree in 1955 and his PhD degree in 1957 in physics.

His first job was on design of commercial nuclear power reactors with General Electric at Vallecitos, California. In 1959, he moved to Texas Instruments Central Research Laboratories in Dallas, TX. Dr. Chapman's first important specialty was the optoelectronic properties of semiconductors. He had a leading role in developing charge transfer devices for infrared detector arrays. For this work, he was a recipient of the 1987 Jack Morton Award from the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers and later became a TI Fellow.

After transferring to Texas Instruments Semiconductor Division, he was responsible for transistor design for four generations of silicon integrated circuits including four months at TI-Japan transferring a process for logic circuits. He developed a transistor design using single wafer processing under the DARPA supported Manufacturing Methods Science and Technology project. For this work, he was elected a Texas Instruments Senior Fellow. His last assignment was as leader of a joint TI-Dallas and TI-Japan effort on advanced transistor design. He retired in 1998. Two years later, he came back to Texas Instruments as a consultant on transistor design until 2007. In 2008, he joined the University of Texas at Dallas where he has published major contributions to the theory of thin film transistors. Dr. Chapman is the author of 42 US Patents, 18 foreign patents, and 154 published papers.

Dr. Chapman is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 1996, he was General Chairman of the Symposium on Very Large Scale Integration. Dr. Chapman has been a Trustee Advisor on the Rice University Board of Trustees.

Dr. Chapman was selected to the Cotton Bowl All-Star Football team of the 1950's. In 2017, he was recognized as a Rice University Distinguished Alumni.

Richard and his wife Barbara Madden Chapman were married in 1954. They have four children: Carol Faldet, Janet McCormack, Laura Owens, and Richard Madden Chapman. They have nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Chapman has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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