Oral history interview with William Shockley, 1974 September 10.


Oral history interview with William Shockley, 1974 September 10.

Born in London in 1910; childhood in Palo Alto, California; undergraduate at University of California, Los Angeles and California Institute of Technology; graduate school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (JohnSlater, thesis advisor); Bell Laboratories, 1936; war-related work at Bell Laboratories, Whippany (ca. 1 year), patents on radar ideas (Columbia University Project); fission work with James Fisk (National Bureau of Standards); the transistor; Solid State Physics group organized in 1945 at Bell Labs under Shockley and Stanley Morgan. Also prominently mentioned are: Walter Houser Brattain, Karl Kelchner Darrow, Clinton Joseph Davisson, John R. Dunning, Enrico Fermi, James Brown Fisk, Harvey Fletcher, J. R. Haynes, Alan Holden, William Vermillion Houston, Mervin J. Kelly, Philip McCord Morse, Foster Cary Nix, Linus Pauling, Frederick Seitz, Frederick Emmons Terman, and Dean E. Wooldridge.

Sound recordings: 2 sound cassettes, 3 7-inch sound reels, 2 5-inch sound reels, (ca. 5.0 hrs.), 1 session.Transcript: 35 p.

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