Artifact Details

Title

D'Asaro, Arthur oral history

Catalog Number

102702126

Type

Text

Date

2009-07-21

Contributor

Brock, David, Interviewer
D'Asaro, Arthur, Interviewee
Hendrie, Gardner, Cameraperson

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Madison, New Jersey

Extent

39 p.

Description

In this oral history, Dr. D’Asaro describes his upbringing in a small town in the Midwest during the Depression. After spending time in the Navy, he earned a MS in Physics from Northwestern and a PhD from Cornell in 1955. He then went to work at Bell Labs. The oral history traces his many contributions to the area of solid state electronics, including work on an early integrated circuit, stepping transistors, light emitting diodes, gallium arsenide, and solid state lasers. Arthur could have been credited with the invention of the integrated circuit if he had further pursued some of his early research. In addition to his description of his technical research accomplishments, he spoke about the strengths and weaknesses of Bell Labs and its approach to research. He finished his career at Princeton Optronics.

Category

Transcription

Subject

D'Asaro, Arthur; semiconductor history; Bell Laboratories; gallium arsenide; light-emitting diodes; semiconductor laser; functional device; stepping transistor; integrated circuit; fiber optics; tunnel diodes; Kahng, Dawson; Early, Jim; Alferov, Zhores; heterostructures; Princeton Optronics; VCSEL arrays; Morton, Jack

Collection Title

Oral Histories Online

Lot Number

X5312.2009