Transistor Museum Library


by David DeWitt and Arthur L. Rossoff

(Copyright © 1957 by McGraw Hill) 


DeWitt and Rossoff





January, 1957 – December, 1958


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of Nebraska

University of Cincinnati

Ohio State University

University of California, Los Angeles

Northwest Nazarene College

Iowa State University

University of Toledo

Southern Methodist University

Utah State Agricultural College

Brigham Young University

Columbia University

New York University

San Jose College

Stevens Institute of Technology

Penn State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

University of Arizona

California State Polytechnic College

State University of Iowa

Louisville University

John Hopkins University

Northeastern University

University of Buffalo

University of Pennsylvania

University of Texas

University of Utah


Here is a list of the U.S. Colleges and Universities that adopted “Transistor Electronics” as a text, within the first published year.  This information was supplied to Mr. Rossoff by McGraw Hill.








Author’s Comments (Continued)

Art Rossoff


Radio Receptor had just recently established the Semiconductor Division.  The company was making money with selenium rectifiers and with germanium diodes, and wanted to get into the transistor field.  Over the next few years, RR did make a number of germanium junction transistors, mostly used in hearing aids and in computers.  Diodes and rectifiers remained the largest business for us.


Can you describe how your book came to be written?


Since I had substantial responsibilities developing applications and very little knowledge of this new technology.  I decided that the best way to proceed would be to develop and teach a course on the subject – I had found in previous roles that teaching is often the best way to master a subject.  So, I began developing a course on transistors for my fellow RR employees; none of them were really knowledgeable on the subject either.  I “dug in” to the technical aspects of transistors.  The best place for material was the Proceedings of the IRE.  The only real textbook at the time was Shockley’s treatise on semiconductors – I read this too and used it to help prepare the course material on device theory. 


Go To Art Rossoff, Page 4





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