American physicist who co-invented, with
At 27 years of age he received his doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota.
Writers for the TV show 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' named a ship after him: the USS Brattain.
His first wife was Dr. Keren Gilmore; after her death he married Emma Jane Kirsch in 1958.
His work was financed by Bell Laboratories, founded by Alexander Graham Bell.