What summary remarks would
you care to make regarding your research and experiences in the 1950s with
very early power transistor technology?
The design and production of
semiconductor devices in the 1950s, at least at TP, was largely an
intuitive operation, though we did have two senior PhD physicists (Geoff
Knight and Paul Richards) and two experienced engineers (Al Dulac and Dave
Humez) working on more basic problems in areas rather different from my
own. It was a great team to work
with and I enjoyed my time there. A
few years later I was invited back to work with the Shockley Laboratories,
but by then I was happily settled back in Australia with a young family and
did not want to move.
Having all aspects of
production in the same small organisation gave me a great breadth of experience
which I valued in later years, and I even found that ice, on which I later
worked, is a protonic semiconductor, so that much of this knowledge could
be applied directly in a new field!
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