Nobel Prize 1956

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This is a picture of the actual prototype transistor built by the three Engineers at Bell Labs. Resulted in the Nobel for them.
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Imagine what your "smartphone would look like with a few thousand of these things in it?
Now on exhibit in the Bell Labs Museum in Murray Hill, New Jersey.
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This got me really curious, because I remember my prized first transistor radio that I got for Christmas around 1958 or '59. It turns out they (Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain) actually completed the first working transistor in 1947. It was almost 10 years later that they received the Nobel prize for it.
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Here they are working on it:
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They should have received a prize for being able to lift that HUGE piece of test equipment shown in the background. Whatever that was? I Do remember using an old Dumont oscilloscope that was nearly that big! That a job for the newest engineering intern to do.
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Nick Vittum wrote:This got me really curious, because I remember my prized first transistor radio that I got for Christmas around 1958 or '59. It turns out they (Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain) actually completed the first working transistor in 1947. It was almost 10 years later that they received the Nobel prize for it.
Yes, it takes quite some time, usually; I'd say the 1956 prize was awarded rather quickly. John Bardeen is also the only one to get a Nobel Prize in Physics twice; 1/3 1956, 1/3 1972 (superconductors, theory already 1957).
viking33 wrote:They should have received a prize for being able to lift that HUGE piece of test equipment shown in the background.
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viking33 wrote:Imagine what your "smartphone would look like with a few thousand of these things in it?
We wouldn't be calling them "mobile," that's for sure.

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Accompanying details.
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Sorry for the "fuzzy" closeup.
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