Walter Brattain

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Birthday
10, 1902
Birthplace
China
Death Date
Oct 13, 1987 (85)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
10, 1902
Birthplace
China
Death Date
Oct 13, 1987 (85)

About

American physicist who co-invented, with John Bardeen and William Shockley, the transistor, a device used to amplify and switch electronic signals and electrical power. He won a Nobel Prize for his invention in 1956.

Before Fame

At 27 years of age he received his doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota.

Trivia

Writers for the TV show 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' named a ship after him: the USS Brattain.

Family Life

His first wife was Dr. Keren Gilmore; after her death he married Emma Jane Kirsch in 1958.

Associated With

His work was financed by Bell Laboratories, founded by Alexander Graham Bell.