William Bradford Shockley Jr. was an American physicist and inventor. Along with John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain, Shockley co-invented the transistor, for which all three were awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. Enjoy William Shockley’s best quotes below.
“The objective of producing useful devices has strongly influenced the choice of the research projects with which I have been associated.”
“A basic truth that the history of the creation of the transistor reveals is that the foundations of transistor electronics were created by making errors and following hunches that failed to give what was expected.”
“An important fraction of United States industry adheres to the idea that research of a fundamental character is worthwhile from a practical point of view.”
“Frequently, I have been asked if an experiment I have planned is pure or applied research; to me, it is more important to know if the experiment will yield new and probably enduring knowledge about nature.”
“I was not allowed to take spherical trigonometry because I’d sprained my ankle. Because I’d sprained my ankle, I had an incomplete in gym, phys ed. And the rule was that if you had an incomplete in anything, you were not allowed to take an overload.”
“My decision to come to Bell Telephone Laboratories immediately after obtaining my Ph.D. in 1936 was strongly influenced by the fact that my supervisor would be C. J. Davisson.”