30 Oct '15, 6pm

Does William Shockley deserve more credit for the transistor?

Silicon Valley folklore holds that William Shockley, a brilliant physicist who headed up Bell Labs solid-state group after World War II, could never accept that his employees, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, received credit for discovering the property of electrical transistence instead of him. Bell Labs famously arranged photo-ops like the one below to suggest that Shockley, seated at the microscope, was as closely involved in the discovery of the transistor as Bardeen and Brattain. The collegiality of the group quickly broke down, and Shockley went on the found the short-lived Shockley Semiconductors , where his personality quirks alienated many of his employees. "Shockley was very quick mentally," says Conyers Herring, another Bell scientist who worked with him. "He was always a jump ahead of me, and it was difficult to persuade him of anything. He realized his own su...

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