Electrons and Holes Put to Work in the Semiconductor Chip

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This is the story of electronics, inventions that produced it and inventors who discovered, enlightened, and innovated. It began with wireless telegraphy and radio. Semiconductors were found to work in detectors and amplifiers. The metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistor, MOSFET, in integrated circuits, whole circuits on a chip, enabled size reduction of a million times in one century. More

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About John Plumb

John Plumb is a retired electrical engineeer, who earned his B.S. degree at Iowa State University. After serving in the Air Force he was employed by the Minneapolis-Honeywell Aeronautical Division. He then did graduate study in solid-state electronics, earning advanced degrees at the University of Minnesota and New York University, and joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut. After a brief employment at Transitron Electronics in integrated circuit design, he was then employed by Sylvania Lighting Products and worked on electroluminescent thin-film display and high-pressure sodium lamp products, on which he has published a number of papers and been awarded a number of patents. Dr. Plumb now lives with his wife Mary in Danvers, Massachusetts and they winter in Venice, Florida. They have a daughter and a son.

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Dean Andrews reviewed on on Sep. 15, 2019

John put together a very interesting historic view of how we got from a simple electromagnetic wave detector to the cell phone I'm using to write this review and beyond. He has done his research well and brings together important dates and people. Some people I knew about and more importantly, John introduced me to several people, of whom I had never heard. Also, there were reasons for the advances that were really intriguing. Great book, I'll take a look at his other book.
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