Seeking disruptive tech

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Wed Dec 10 18:25:58 CST 2014

On 12/10/2014 04:05 PM, Kyle Owen wrote:

> True, the FET was patented in 1925, and it wasn't until the 1990s that it
> was proven to have been built. Amazing, considering an overall lack of
> knowledge of semiconductors; things like sodium and potassium really screw
> with silicon during fabrication. But surely he means he was born in 1934
> and is celebrating his 80th. :)

And in spite of Brattain, Bardeen and Shockley, what's the ratio of 
bipolar junction transistors to FETs in that disruptive device of today, 
the mobile phone?

And yet nobody seems to know about Lilienfeld.  He's about as obscure as 
that other computing pioneer Atansasoff in the popular mind.


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