My first assignments at RCA
were at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, and then in the
Advanced Developmet Department of Industrial Product Division in Camden.
I knew Slade, Giacoletto, Lohman, et. al. but my activities didn't
intersect much with theirs. Also, they were fairly experienced engineers
while I was just fresh out of Purdue on the lowest rung of the engineering
I started at RCA in March of
'48, and was fortunate to be assigned to transistor circuit development in
September. (I seem to remember that BTL revealed the transistor in
Physical Review in July, not June, but could be wrong.)
Those early years activities
at RCA were digital computer related, so my transistor work was mostly on
non-linear circuits. In Advanced Development, I was associated with Arthur
Lo in some of that work. As he may have told you, Zawles, Waldhauer
(deceased) and Cheng, who collaborated with us on the book, were in the
Home Instruments Division.
Transistor Electronics was
published by Prentice Hall in the U.S., by MacMillan in the U.K., Spanish
language in (I believe) Argentina, and finally translated into Japanese by
the head of the EE Dept. at Tokyo University. As I mentioned, we received
no royalties from the Russian translation!
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