Walter Houser Brattain Biography, Age, Weight, Height, Friend, Like, Affairs, Favourite, Birthdate & Other

Walter Houser Brattain

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Biography Of Walter Houser Brattain
Real Name Walter Houser Brattain
Profession Physicists
Nick Name Walter H. Brattain
Famous as Physicist
Nationality American
Personal life of Walter Houser Brattain
Born on 10 February 1902
Birthday 10th February
Died At Age 85
Sun Sign Aquarius
Born in Xiamen, Fujian, China
Died on 13 October 1987
Place of death Seattle, Washington, US
Family Background of Walter Houser Brattain
Father Ross R. Brattain
Mother Ottilie Houser Brattain
Siblings Mari Brattain, R. Robert Brattain
Spouses/Partners Keren Gilmore, Emma Jane (Kirsch) Miller
Children William G. Brattain
Education Whitman College, University of Oregon, University of Minnesota
Awards Stuart Ballantine Medal (1952) Nobel Prize in Physics (1956)
Personal Fact of Walter Houser Brattain

Walter Houser Brattain was an American physicist who jointly received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1956 with fellow scientists John Bardeen and William Shockley for their landmark invention of transistor. While Brattain and Bardeen were recognised for their invention of the point-contact transistor, Shockley was credited for inventing junction transistor. Brattain dedicated most of his research career in investigating surface states, especially atomic composition of a material’s surface that generally differs from atomic composition of its interior.

He along with Bardeen worked on a project at the Bell Laboratories to comprehend semiconductors in a better way so that these can be applied properly in amplifying signals. Investigations of the duo led to the path-breaking discovery of the first transistor in 1947. They shared credit with William Shockley, their supervisor who almost right away invented the junction transistor. In no time transistor became a replacement for bulky and expensive vacuum tubes leading to its widespread application in electronic devices.

This breakthrough invention paved way for a virtual revolution by way of other developments in the field of electronics like fax machines, computers, satellites and cell phones. Brattain served as visiting lecturer at Harvard University and at Whitman College and upon retirement from Bell Laboratories he served as adjunct professor at Whitman College. He also jointly received the Stuart Ballantine Medal (1952) and the John Scott Medal (1954) with Bardeen.

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