William Harshbarger was born in Winamac, Indiana, in 1941. He completed his high school education at Bainbridge, Indiana, in 1959 and earned a BA in Chemistry from Manchester College, in North Manchester, Indiana in 1963. He earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Cornell University in 1968.
Bill married Karen Vote in 1962. They have three children and three granddaughters.
After conducting postdoctoral research for a few years, Bill worked in the semiconductor industry for 35 years. His area of responsibility focused primarily on semiconductor manufacturing processes and semiconductor processing equipment. He has written or coauthored more than 50 technical papers and is a co-inventor for 29 US patents.
In 2006, Bill and Karen moved to their retirement home on the scenic Oregon Coast. Presently, he is enjoying retired life, although he spends too much time gardening and landscaping and not enough time fishing and playing golf. His writing interests now focus on poems, rather than technical papers and patents.
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