Mr. Barnes, would you
provide a brief biographic outline of your involvement with semiconductors
over the past five decades?
– Born in Santa Monica, Ca.
– U.S. Navy
– 1949 UCLA, B.S. applied Physics
1949-1954 Hughes Aircraft Company
– Joined Pacific Semiconductors, Inc.
– Manager, Transistor Development
– Manager, Semiconductor Development, TRW Semiconductors
– Director, TRW Electronics Group Research and Development labs
– Retired from TRW Semiconductors
1987 TRW Components International, Quality Assurance Manager
– Seattle Silicon, Bellevue Wa, Quality Assurance Manager
– IC Designs, Kirkland, Wa, Quality Assurance Manager
– Cypress Semiconductor, Woodinville, Wa, Quality Assurance Manager
– Retired for the 4th time
When and how did you first
start working with transistors?
I was hired by Dr. Harper North at Hughes
Aircraft in 1949 to duplicate the work on point contact transistors first
started at Bell Labs a couple of years earlier. There is a detailed account of my work on point contact
transistors at Hughes in my paper “Birth of the Transistor – First 20
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