William Bradford Shockley

William Bradford Shockley

London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 12 Aug 1989 (aged 79)
Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Burial Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Plot Mausoleum #2, West Wall Stars 4, N5024-B
Memorial ID 21219520 · View Source
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Nobel Prize Laureate Scientist. In 1947, he and two colleagues from Bell Telephone Laboratories produced their first semiconductor device. In 1956 he shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with the two, John Bardeen and Walter H. Brattain. He was a professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford. During World War II, Dr. Shockley directed the Navy's research on antisubmarine operations. He was highly critized when he preached a philosophy of ''retrogressive evolution. Stipulating that intelligence was genetically transmitted, he deemed blacks genetically inferior to whites and unable to achieve their intellectual level. As a corollary, he suggested that blacks were reproducing faster than whites - hence, the retrogression in human evolution. He died from prostate cancer.

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