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Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)
Oral history interview with Gerald Leondus Pearson, 1976 August 23 and 8 April 1980.
Early influences and education; A.B. from Willamette University in physics and math, 1926; fellowship and M.A. from Stanford University; graduate study at Columbia University on x-rays. Work at Bell Laboratories, starting 1929, on vacuum tube amplifiers with John B. Johnson; carbon microphones, semiconductors and the solar battery; work atmosphere and supervisors, Peter J. W. Debye; technical colloquia. History of "thermistors" and transistors. First color TV demonstration. Work during World War II on bombing using radar techniques and infrared. Organization of the Morgan-Shockley solid state group, 1946; appointment as department head at Bell Labs; academic appointment at Stanford University. Also prominently mentioned are: Joseph A. Becker, Hendrik Wade Bode, Walter Houser Brattain, Oliver E. Buckley, Chapin, Carl Christensen, Karl Kelchner Darrow, Clinton Joseph Davisson, Henry Eyring, James Brown Fisk, Harvey Fletcher, Gaylon T. Ford, Lester Halbert Germer, Gibney, Frederick Goucher, H. E. Ives, Frank Jewett, Mervin J. Kelly, Jack Morton, Foster Cary Nix, Ogg, Russell S. Ohl, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm Sommerfeld, Morris Tanenbaum, Gordon K. Teale, Russell Harrison Varian, Oliver Weisner, Dean E. Wooldridge; Pacific Academy in Newberg, and Stanford Solid State Industrial Affiliates.
Becker, Joseph A.
Bode, Hendrik Wade.
Brattain, Walter H. (Walter Houser), 1902-1987.
Buckley, O. E.
Chapin.
Christiansen, C.
Darrow, Karl K. (Karl Kelchner), 1891-
Davisson, Clinton Joseph, 1881-1958.
Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966-
Eyring, Henry.
Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981.
Fletcher, Harvey, 1884-1981.
Ford, Gaylon T.
Germer, Lester Halbert, 1896-
Gibney, Robert Bernard, 1911- .
Goucher, Frederick.
Ives, Herbert Eugene, 1882-1953
Jewett, Frank Baldwin.
Johnson, John Bertrand.
Kelly, Mervin Joe.
Morgan, Stanley Owen, 1900-
Morton, J. A. (Jack Andrew), 1913-
Nix, Foster Cary, 1905-
Ogg.
Ohl, Russell S.,
Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)
Shockley, William, 1910-1989-
Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1868-1951.
Tanenbaum, Morris.
Teale, Gordon K.
Varian, Russell Harrison, 1898-1959.
Weisner, Oliver.
Wooldridge, Dean E.
Bell Telephone Laboratories
Columbia University
Pacific Academy (Newburg, OR).
Stanford Solid State Industrial Affiliates.
Stanford University.
Willamette University Students.
Amplifiers, Vacuum-tube.
Radar.
Semiconductors.
Solar batteries.
Solid state physics.
Thermistors.
Transistors.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.
X-rays.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Transcripts. aat
Hoddeson, Lillian, interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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