Title: Electronics Company Executive
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Paul J. Shaver, ScD, retired electronics company executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electrical engineering.
Since he was a youngster, Dr. Shaver has had an interest in how the world works and has demonstrated the hard work ethic it takes to figure it out. Retired since 2002, he celebrates a career marked by accomplishments in solid-state physics and physical electronics both in research and practical applications. In his 42-year professional career, Dr. Shaver published research results and was issued patents in solid-state physics and physical electronics, and was one of the early pioneers in commercializing light emitting diode technology. Dr. Shaver received three IR-100 Awards from Industrial Research Magazine for his contributions to commercializing these technologies.
Dr. Shaver concluded his career as general Manager of the Vactec Optoelectronics operations of PerkinElmer, Inc. Prior to that he was President of Vactec, Inc. a division of EG&G, Inc., founder and president of Inmar, Inc., director of marketing for the optoelectronics division of National Semiconductor Corporation, and co-founder and president of Xciton, Inc., a pioneering manufacturer of light emitting diodes. When asked about his motivation, Dr. Shaver notes that he has a passion for commercializing technology, particularly in solid-state electronics. He also credits his education, which started with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1960. This sparked his interest in physical electronics and solid-state physics. He received a graduate school fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he also served as a research assistant and instructor in the Department of Electrical Engineering while pursuing his graduate studies in solid-state physics. Dr. Shaver earned a Master of Science degree in 1962 and a Doctor of Science degree in 1965.
Dr. Shaver also values his early work experiences as a consultant for Foster-Miller Associates and as a staff scientist in physical electronics at the Research and Development Center of the General Electric Company. His very early years included becoming a licensed radio amateur operator in 1953. More recently, he spent eight years as a board member and treasurer of community radio station KDHX in St. Louis, MO. He is an active member of Rotary International and has served as an officer in his local club. In retirement, he is active in following world macroeconomic trends, gardening, worldwide travel including multiple visits to the unspoiled Arctic and Antarctic regions, and photography. He credits his wife of 57 years, Joan, and his three children for their unwavering encouragement and support over the years for his varied and time-consuming activities. He also recognizes the invaluable contributions of his many former employees and professional associates.
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