1 minute silence please : Morgan Sparks

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by bertus, May 9, 2008.

  1. bertus

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    Hello,

    [ originaly poster at the dutch forum http://www.circuitsonline.net/forum/view/61364 by free_electron ]

    Morgan Sparks, who made critical contributions to developing the second-generation transistor, which became a building block of modern electronic devices, died on Saturday at his daughter’s home in Fullerton, Calif. He was 91.

    He was the father of the junction transistor.
    The new transistor would look like a sandwich, with two layers of one type of semiconductor surrounding a second kind.

    Greetings,
    Bertus

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/08/u...rss&adxnnlx=1210345232-Ho4KmAheUuCcleU4+bVnrg
     
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  2. Dave

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    His input was significant in this field, and I'm sure if he'd joined the Shockley Group before the invention of bipolar transistor he'd have been very influential in its development.

    Sad times.

    Dave
     
  3. Wendy

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    Guess I have a slightly different slant. Man lived a full life, and lived it well. More than most of the human race. What more can you ask?

    I hope his passing was gentle, and would celibrate his life. A FreeMasons point of view, this.
     
  4. Caveman

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    I thought that was the square and compass on your avatar, but wan't quite sure.
     
  5. Dave

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    Indeed so. In the UK we have an appropriate saying harking back to our love of Cricket - "he had a good innings." (80+ runs is considered a pretty good score for a batsman in Cricket, hence the analogy with 80+ years).

    Dave
     
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