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Im a seventh grader. Im doing a History Day project on the transistor and the impact it has had on our lives. I am in search of scientific
reports especially by John Bardeen. Also I would like to email or interview by phone anyone who is a professor or expert on transistors.
- Eric Bardet (age 13)
Fruitvale Jr. High, Bakersfield, California
Thank you for your enquiry. As you may know, John Bardeen, inventor
of the transistor (with William Shockley and Walter Brittain), was a
professor in our department for many years. He actually won TWO Nobel
prizes--one for the transistor and one for the theory of
superconductivity (known as the BCS theory, for Bardeen, Cooper, and
Schrieffer--the three "inventors"). The official homepage that
commerates Professor Bardeen's work is
We also have a brief publication that details the story of the
invention of the transistor, and I am mailing a copy of it to you
Another interesting site that has a lot of information about different electronic devices is located at
To get an idea of the economic impact of the invention of the
transistor--on just the computer industry in the U.S. alone--go to
Good luck with your paper!
(republished on 07/18/06)
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