Tuesday, July 18, 2006

"Broken Genius"

The August 2006 issue of Discover at page 66 reviews a book on William Shockley entitled "Broken Genius." The review suggests that 1951 is the date of invention of the junction transistor.

For the record, U.S. Patent 2,569,347, filed June 26, 1948, entitled "Circuit Element Semiconductor Material," listing only William Shockley as inventor, comprises the disclosure of Shockley's junction transistor.

Some further details can be found in "Pioneering, Innovation, and Festo Last Looks," page 12, Intellectual Property Today, June 2002.

Page 74 of Discover mentions the "Let's Make a Deal" problem, and page 55 presents an article "Life After Oil," which gives some of the research activities of NREL, including the use of cellulase to break down cellulose to sugars to ferment to alcohol.


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