75th Anniversary of the Invention of the Transistor: A Celebration of Purdue’s Role

Event Date: December 16, 2022
Time: 3:30 PM EST
Location: Burton D. Morgan Hall, 1201 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47906
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The transistor was invented at Bell Labs on Dec. 16, 1947. Transistors are the basic building blocks for virtually all electronic systems. The transistor has been called one of the most important inventions because transistor electronics, especially the billions of transistors on leading edge silicon chips, transformed life in the 20th century and will have even more impact in the 21st century. Purdue University played an important role in the early history of semiconductor fabrication and physics leading to the invention of the transistor. This event celebrates Purdue’s semiconductor history as we look forward to an exciting new era of semiconductor electronics.

3:30 pm

Remarks from Mark Lundstrom, Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Recorded remarks from Senator Todd Young

Semiconductors at Purdue in the 1940’s and the invention of the transistor at Bell Labs by Michael Manfra, Bill and Dee O'Brien Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Professor of Materials Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Scientific Director, Microsoft Quantum Lab West Lafayette

The Silicon MOSFET, a better transistor by Muhammad A. Alam, Jai N. Gupta Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Computers in the Space: Transistors in the Age of Apollo, Ekaterina Babintseva, Dept. of History

Closing remarks by President-elect Mung Chiang

Reception to follow

Parking available on State Street. Participation will be possible in person and virtually.