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Walt Boyes reports that Dick Morley, the father of the PLC died on October 17th. http://www.spitzerandboyes.com/a-legend-passes-dick-morley-died-today/ Wikipedia has been updated and summarizes Dick's contribution to the automation world: "Richard (Dick) Morley (died October 17, 2017) was considered the "father" of the programmable logic controller (PLC) since he was involved with the production of the first PLC for General Motors, the Modicon, at Bedford and Associates in 1968. The Modicon brand of PLC is now owned by Schneider Electric. The PLC has been recognized as a significant advancement in the practice of automation, and has an important influence on manufacturing industry." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Morley An article gives some history of the process Dick went through in the early days https://www.automationmag.com/features/the-father-of-invention-dick-morley-looks-back-on-the-40th-anniversary-of-the-plc.html