In Memory of PMUG Member Albert Medwin

Photo of Albert Medwin

Obituary from Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel
Oct 26, 2020

Albert Medwin, age 94, of Skillman and formerly of Princeton, passed away Monday, October 26, 2020. An accomplished electric engineer, he holds several US patents, including in the field of electronic encoders. He was involved in the early development of integrated circuits while working at RCA in Somerville, New Jersey. In the 1960’s he led the engineering group that developed the world’s first low power CMOS chips.

Born in New York City, he was a graduate of City College of New York. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theatre. After returning home, he married Marilyn Herbst Medwin in 1947.

In 1957 he moved to Whippany, N.J. There he and Marilyn raised their sons. Soon after moving to Whippany, he built a small sailboat. Every summer Marilyn and Alby took the sailboat, and the family, to Lake George, N.Y. to camp on the islands.

Attached to the house was a greenhouse that he built. Throughout the year, it was a warm place to enjoy the sun and many, many orchids. In the summer, the upper row of windows opened to help cool off the greenhouse.

At one point, Medwin got his private pilot’s license and even bought a small airplane which he flew out of Morristown Airport.

Medwin’s first patent (US 3,390,314) issued in 1968 when he was 43. It is entitled "Semiconductor Translating Circuit" and was assigned to Radio Corporation of America (RCA). His second patent (US 3,588,635) issued in 1971 and is simply titled "Integrated Circuit." It was also assigned to the RCA Corporation. At this point, Medwin left RCA to start his own integrated circuit development company called Ragen Semiconductor. He received his next patent (US 3,789,388) in 1972, titled "Apparatus for Providing a Pulsed Liquid Crystal Display." This was the first of his patents that was assigned to Ragen Semiconductor.

Several years later, Medwin started another company call CGS Systems, Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey. His next patent (US 4,110,701) was issued in 1978 and is titled "Method and Apparatus for Near-Synchronization of a Pair of Oscillators, and Measuring Thereby." His final two patents are related to electronic encoders. "Electronic Measuring Apparatus" (US 4,367,438) issued in 1983 and "Electronic Vernier" (US 4,459,702) issued in 1984. Neither of these was assigned to a company.

Mr. Medwin was a member of The Jewish Center of Princeton. He and Marilyn were active with Recording for the Blind for many years. They were also members of the Princeton Macintosh User Group (PMUG).

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Medwin, two sons, Steven (Rabbi Michele) Medwin and Lawrence (Ellie Hertzberg) Medwin, a sister Mildred Linnetz, four grandchildren Dan Medwin, Allison Steele, Rachel Witriol and Sam Medwin, and five great grandchildren (Zimra, Gavi, Teddy, Jasmine and Julian). He is predeceased by his brother Julius Medwin.

Private Funeral services and burial with military honors were held at Princeton Cemetery, in Princeton, New Jersey. Memorial contributions may be made to Springpoint Foundation or by mail to Springpoint Foundation, 4814 Outlook Drive, Suite 201, Wall Twp., NJ 07753)