In addition to his roles as interim president and interim chief program officer for the foundation's Patient Care Program, Paul serves as vice chair of the foundation's Board of Trustees.
Paul is Emeritus Professor and Professor of the UC Berkeley Graduate School, EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department), where he is the Andrew S. Grove Chair in Electrical Engineering, Emeritus. His research has focused on bipolar and MOS circuit design, electro-thermal interactions in integrated circuits, device modeling, telecommunications circuits and analog-digital interfaces in VLSI systems.
Paul joined Fairchild Semiconductor’s Research and Development Laboratory in 1969, and became a faculty member at UC Berkeley’s EECS in 1971. During industrial leaves of absence from his faculty posts, Paul served as Project Manager for Telecommunications Filters at Intel Corporation (1977-1978), and Director of CMOS Design Engineering at Microlinear Corporation (1984-85).
Paul is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE. He also currently serves as a councillor of the National Academy of Engineering. He has written and co-written more than 150 journal articles and conference presentations, and has been the co-recipient of a number of best paper awards. He has published four books, including a widely used college textbook on analog integrated circuits, and is author or co-author of 14 patents. Other awards include being appointed to two endowed chairs, the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Professor of Engineering and the Roy W. Carlson Chair in Engineering. Paul has also received of the IEEE R. W. G. Baker Prize (1980), the IEEE Morris K. Liebman award (1983), the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Achievement Award (1987), the IEEE Solid-State Circuits award (1994), the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000), the CASS Golden Jubilee Medal (2000), the National Outstanding Research Award from the Semiconductor Industry Association (2000); the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal (2004) and the ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award (2005). Paul received honorary doctorates from the University of Bucharest in Romania (1999) and from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (2006). From 1977 through 1979, Paul served as editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits and, in 1982, as Program Chairman of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference. From 1988 to 1990, he served as President of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Council.
At Berkeley, Paul served as Director of the Electronics Research Laboratory (1985-86), Vice-Chairman of the EECS Department for Computer Resources (1988-90), Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (1990-93), Dean of the College of Engineering (1996-2000), and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (2000-2006).
Paul was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and received his BS (1963), MS (1965) and PhD (1969) degrees from the University of Arizona. He is married and has two sons.