John Bardeen co-invents the transistor at Bell Laboratories with W. H. Brattain and W. Shockley | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
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While working at Bell Labs, John Bardeen and his colleagues Walter Brattain and William Shockley ushered in the era of solid state electronics (no vacuum tubes or moving parts) with their invention of the transistor, earning the team the 1956 Nobel Prize in physics. One of the most important inventions in modern history, the transistor is an essential component of nearly all modern electronics. Bardeen later became a professor of electrical engineering and physics at Illinois from 1951 to 1991.

Dec 01, 1947
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