Brattain, Walter Houser

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b. 10 February 1902 Amoy, China (now Hsiamen)
d. 13 October 1987 Seattle, Washington, USA
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American physicist and co-inventor of the transistor.
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Born of American parents in China, he was brought up on a cattle-ranch and graduated from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, in 1924. He then went to the University of Minnesota, where he obtained a PhD in 1929. The same year he joined the staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories as a research physicist and there, during the First World War, he worked on the magnetic detection of submarines. For his work on the invention and development of the transistor, he was awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize for Physics jointly with John Bardeen and William Shockley. He retired in 1967. His interests have been concentrated on the properties of semiconductors such as germanium and silicon.
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Principal Honours and Distinctions
Nobel Prize for Physics (jointly with Bardeen and Shockley) 1956.
Further Reading
Isaacs and E.Martin (eds), 1985, Longmans Dictionary of 20th Century Biography.
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Biographical history of technology. - Taylor & Francis e-Librar. . 2005.

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