Happy 60th Birthday!

On Dec. 16, 1947 the first working transistor was created by William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain. It’s easy to overlook how every technology innovation for over half a century traces back to this one event, making the lowly transistor the most important invention of the 20th century.

2 thoughts on Happy 60th Birthday!

  1. It’s no exaggeration to say the transistor was the most important invention of the 20th century. When I got my two-transistor radio for Christmas in 1961, it unleashed the brave new world of AM radio and brought music to my Kansas City bedroom from as far away as Chicago, Little Rock and New Orleans. Interestingly, we have come full circle. MP3s have similar sound quality to AM radio, and listening to my collection on iTunes is pretty much the equivalent of turning on my two-transistor and hearing Top Forty radio again. The transistor changed the way we listened to music, and 1947 is also the year the 33 1/3 album was released, which would, by 1965, again dramatically change the way we listen to music.

  2. wow, that’s a really interesting observation.

    The first exposure to the transistor the public received was through a transistor radio. Later, hobbyists took advantage of kits which then evolved to the PC revolution. The MP3 brought this full circle.

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