Which years did you work at
GE, which positions and at which facilities?
I graduated from Kansas State
University in 1947 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I had sent applications for employment
to both RCA and GE, and was accepted by both, however the acceptance
telegram sent by GE was misplaced and not delivered. So, I then accepted a position with RCA
and headed off to the Victrola/Radio division. I soon learned about GE’s offer and promptly accepted, asking
to be assigned in Syracuse. At
GE, I was first sent to the General
Engineering Lab in Schenectady for short assignments in several areas to
find the best fit. Over the next forty years, I had a variety of
assignments with GE, all involving transistors and semiconductors.
What was your first
One of my first assignments
was in what we called “Bldg 7” in Syracuse. This is where we built test equipment for other GE
groups. This was in 1953 or
1954. Anyway, there was a lot of
transistor device development work going on at this time and they needed a
good test system, to check for things like gain, noise, frequency response
– all this was new with transistors.
So I had the assignment for designing and building a test set like
this. I was successful and this
work led to my first patent, which was filed in Aug, 1954.
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