[vcf-midatlantic] Anniversary of transistor day

Evan Koblentz evan at snarc.net
Thu Jun 30 16:12:49 EDT 2016

>> the transistor was developed at Camp Evans first (in secret). He mentioned a book: Crystal Fire Birth of the Information Age Book - p. 162, 201.

Fred oversimplified and/or misspoke if he said that. I have the book. The author makes no such claim.

The U.S. * Navy * had a similar secret development to what Bell Labs had. Camp Evans is indeed cited on those pages of the book but in a different context -- chief engineer Harold Zahl assured Bell Labs that Army-funded researchers did NOT already have it, and he was key in ensuring the Army didn't make the transistor a national secret.

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