Automation industry legend Dick Morley, 'Father of PLC' passes away

  • October 18, 2017
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Automation industry legend Dick Morley, 'Father of PLC'  passes away
Automation industry legend Dick Morley, 'Father of PLC' passes away

October 18, 2017 – It is with great sadness that Automation.com has learned that automation industry legend Dick Morley passed away on October 17, 2017.  Widely known as the ‘Father of the PLC’, Morley was the initial designer of the first PLC, produced by Modicon nearly 50 years ago. Morley was also a fervent entrepreneur, and heavily active in engineering and automation education, especially with the International Society of Automation.

An avid writer, in addition to automation guru, Mr. Morley  has written several books and blessed Automation.com with numerous writing contributions over the years, not just about PLCs, but various anecdotes and cartoons from his decades of engineering experience and his entertaining thoughts on life. His Goin’ Fishin comic series continues to serve as poignant and humorous reflections of his time in the industry.

More details and reflections on Mr. Morley’s remarkable life will continue to be shared in the days to come. In the meantime, Automation.com sends its thoughts and best wishes to the family and friends of the automation industry pioneer. 

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