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Old 07-10-2012, 12:43 PM   #61
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I believe Shockley invented the transistor along with his two cohorts, while Schottky invented a particular diode.
Yep, but I'm a physicist and not an EE so being within a factor of 2 (I got a lot of the letters right) is deemed as success.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:01 PM   #62
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It also does not appear that any knowledge of quantum physics played into it (or I just am not aware of such), at least from these descriptions, it seems they were investigating the properties of these materials. More like good old lab work than real theoretical stuff?

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Solid state physics is built on quantum theory. Shockley and his colleagues were all solid state physicists and so completely immersed in quantum theory. The transistor was the product of a lot of theory, it's not like Edison trying out thousands of filaments. To come up with the right P-N junction the maths (ie quantum theory) had to be done first.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #63
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Yep, but I'm a physicist and not an EE so being within a factor of 2 (I got a lot of the letters right) is deemed as success.
I always loved math and physics but ended up as a lowly EE, but agree you were close enough by physics standards.

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