This oral history recounts the life and contributions of Lewis Terman in his own words. The son of a pioneer in Radio Electronics, Fred Terman, Lewis Terman also found his way into research in leading edge electronics technology. He describes his early years growing up – first in he East, and then in Palo Alto. He attended Stanford University as an undergrad and eventually earned a PhD from Stanford in 1960. He took a position in IBM research where he made contributions to a number of technologies and products. His early research at Stanford and IBM involved the study and modeling of surface states in MOS devices. He later made contributions in both devices and systems. After leaving IBM, he served a number of positions in IEEE, including President.
Terman, Lewis; Stanford; IEEE; Radio Reseatch Laboratory (RRL); Vannevar Bush; IBM; CCD; Bell Labs; bubble memory; surface states; MOS; Hewlett-Packard; semiconductor history