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.
What is your writing process?
I read what is readily available to me on the subject, summarize in a database on my computer what I read, and just start writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to read about the history of research and development done in physical electronics which has long been an interest of mine.
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.
Benjamin Franklin recognized the attraction between objects given excess charge and objects made deficient in charge. Particle physicists attribute force of attraction to photons having particle and wave properties as do electrons. This force can produce damaging electric breakdown over a scale ranging from the atmosphere to electronic circuits and can produce light for illumination or display.