In 2012, PCD&F launched the The Dieter Bergman Hall for PCB Design and The Paul Eisler Hall for PCB Fabrication. The halls were established to recognize significant contributions and achievement to the printed circuit board industry.
Dieter Bergman was a designer at Philco in the 1960s and 70s, then became technical director of IPC. His influence has been widely felt, because as any designer would say, proper layout is more about knowledge than software, and Bergman has been a tireless educator and promoter of the field for more than 40 years.
Paul Eisler, an Austrian inventor, is considered the father of the modern printed circuit, having patented the initial ideas more than 70 years ago. He never realized the fruits of his inventions, but every kid with an iPod dangling from their ear owes him their gratitude.