Shockley Semiconductor Lab

Mar 23rd 2013
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Silicon Comes to Silicon Valley

In 1955 William Shockley founded his Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory "to engage promptly and vigorously in activities related to semiconductors." He recruited "the most creative team in the world for developing and producing transistors". In 1956 Shockley shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the transistor.

Disenchanted with his difficult management style, eight employees, dubbed the “Traitorous Eight”, including Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce who later founded Intel, resigned in 1957 to start Fairchild Semiconductor.

This former packing shed
that introduced silicon to Silicon Valley has come full circle and is once again filled with fruit as the La Fiesta Super Market.

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