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Q & A: Transistor Info

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
I’m a seventh grader. I’m 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
Dear Eric:

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 today.

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!


(published on 10/22/2007)

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