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Gallium Nitride and the death of a young American in Singapore

February 19, 2013

Fascinating (and long) article from the Financial Times about the death of US engineer Shane Todd in Singapore.  Todd was an expert in gallium nitride applications and was working on a joint venture between a Singaporean research institute and a major Chinese industrial concern.  Gallium nitride is an advanced semiconductor material with both commercial and (perhaps especially) military applications.  In the weeks before his death, Todd, the son of a US Navy aviator, had expressed concern that his work with the Chinese side of the partnership was compromising US security interests.   Then, just before he was set to return to the US, Todd was found dead of an apparent suicide.  But, his friends and family are not so sure.

Read the whole thing.

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