台灣廿多年來由於產業成長，促成經濟的快速發展，同時也為我國累積了為數可觀的外匯，舉世為之側目，其中扮演執牛耳角色的電子工業，居功厥偉。而影響最深遠莫過於積體電路計劃之推動。廿多年前潘文淵先生以一位海外學人草擬積體電路發展計劃，獲得當時經濟部部長孫運璿先生大力支持，方使今日電子工業得以蓬勃發展。 正當國內八吋晶圓大肆投資之際，潘文淵先生卻於民國八十四年元月悄然離開人間。 潘公生前時刻不忘微電子、積體電路與個人電腦工業以及其他科技在台灣的發展，為了感念 潘公對我國電子工業的貢獻，以及對華裔子弟科技教育的關懷，爰經工研院電子所、美洲技術顧問團 (TAC) 及相關先進發起，共襄盛舉，踴躍捐款成立之「財團法人潘文淵文教基金會」(以下簡稱本會)，務期 潘公關懷我國電子工業發展之精神能長存人間。
PROFILE OF PAN WEN YUAN FOUNDATION
In the past two 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.