I set up a weekly lecture
at RR, starting in the Fall of 1954. This continued for about a year. I had developed extensive course notes
during this time, and then had the idea of writing a book. I contacted
several publishers and discovered that there was a tremendous demand for
books on transistors.
I went to my boss at RR,
Dave DeWitt, and discussed the idea I had for writing a book. He was not initially receptive to this
project because of the heavy workload at RR, and even though I had planned
on writing the Transistor Book on my own time, Dave was not very
enthusiastic. In the end, I
suggested a collaboration, with each of us taking on the responsibility for
writing specific chapters in the book.
He agreed, at that’s how we proceeded. This worked out pretty well; for instance, we split the
royalties were divided based on number of pages written. Generally
speaking, I wrote the first part of the book (dealing with transistor
theory) and Dave wrote the latter chapters, dealing with applications. McGraw Hill was thrilled when we
finished and it was published in 1957.
At the time it came out, it was received as a thorough,
comprehensive and accurate text on Transistor Electronics. It was used as a text in many colleges
and universities. Both Dave and I were
quite proud of the book. The work
received a number of favorable reviews, relating both to the technical
content and to the clarity of writing.