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Kilby Invented Transistor While Flouting Mandated Summer Vacation



(p. A15) Sixty years. But how much longer? In 1958 Jack St. Clair Kilby--from Great Bend, Kan.--created one of the greatest inventions, a great bend, in the history of mankind. Kilby recently had started at Texas Instruments as an electrical engineer. Most everyone left on a mandated summer break, but he stayed in the lab and worked on combining a transistor, capacitor and three resistors on a single piece of germanium. On Sept. 12, he showed his boss his integrated circuit. At a half-inch long and not very wide, it had ugly wires sticking out, resembling an upside-down cockroach glued to a glass slide.


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Brace yourself. When Moore's Law finally gives up the ghost, productivity and economic growth will roll over too--unless. The world needs another Great Bend, another Kilbyesque warp in the cosmos, to drive the economy.


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Let's hope the next Jack Kilby skipped this summer's vacation.



For the full commentary, see:

Kessler, Andy. "INSIDE VIEW; The Chip That Changed the World; Jack Kilby built the first integrated circuit 60 years ago. We need a new Moore's Law." The Wall Street Journal (Monday, Aug. 27, 2018): A15.

(Note: ellipses added.)

(Note: the online version of the commentary has the date Aug. 26, 2018.)






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