In the past three decades, the rapid economic progress in Taiwan spurred by the industrial growth has attracted worldwide attention. The electronics industry, especially the integrated circuits part of it, has played a vital role in this remarkable period. Among the founders of Taiwan's IC industry, Dr. Pan Wen Yuan is the most memorable. An engineer-scientist with a distinguished career in U. S., he drafted up a development plan and worked tirelessly to promote it. The support from Dr. Sun Yun-Suan, then Minister of Economic Affairs, led to the launch of this industry in the mid-seventies. As the industry went through several important stages of evolution, Dr. Pan was there to offer help and guidance time after time.
Dr. Pan passed away in ，January 1995, shortly after his beloved industry in Taiwan established advanced 8-inch wafer processing capabilities and became recognized as among the world leaders in manufacturing technology. During his last years, his thought was constantly with the development of electronics, integrated circuits, and personal computer technologies in Taiwan. To show gratitude to Dr. Pan for his contribution to the electronics industry and to share his concern about the technical education of Chinese descendants, the Electronics Research and Service Organization and the Technical Advisory Committee of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, together with many industrial leaders, jointly set up the "Pan Wen Yuan Foundation" (hereinafter referred to as "the Foundation"). It is hoped the operation of the Foundation will serve to commemorate him in perpetuity.