Looking back [birth of the transistor]

  • Published 1983 in IEEE Potentials
"A device called a transistor, which has several applications in radio where a vacuum tube ordinarily is employed, was demonstrated for the first time yesterday" [from the New York Times, July 1,1948]. This official announcement marked the public birth of the pointcontact transistor. Its "private birth," however, had already taken place some six months… CONTINUE READING