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March 26, 2008

Mtg: History of the Invention of the Transistor

by @ 7:55 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY April 8
SCV Electron Devices Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Michael Riordan, Stanford University and UC Santa Cruz
Time: Social 6:00 PM, Presentation 6:15 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor Corp. Building E1, Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/eds

In 1947 the transistor was invented at Bell Telephone Laboratories; for this breakthrough, John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley were awarded the 1956 Nobel prize in physics. ? In fact, there were actually three distinctly different versions of the transistor involved â?? the original â??field-effect??? idea, Bardeen and Brattainâ??s â??point-contact??? transistor, and the â??junction transistor??? that Shockley conceived in January 1948. ? This talk will recount the sequence of these events in detail, paying particular attention to the interactions of these three physicists and how their ideas and experiments led collectively to the first solid-state amplifiers.

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