TitleJames patent notebook (#135)
AuthorJames, B. David
Biographical NotesBrian David James was born in the United Kingdom in 1929 and moved to the United States in the 1950s to teach physics at Alfred University, located in New York. He joined Fairchild circa 1960 and left with three coworkers (David Allison, Lionel Kattner, and Mark Weissenstern) to found Signetics in August 1961, where he served as the first president. Signetics was one of the first Fairchild spinoffs and one of the first companies to focus solely on ICs. After his retirement in 1985 James pursued a career as a theatrical and movie actor. He died in 2005 at the age of 76.
Extent11 dated entries over 29 pages.
Dimensions12 x 10 inches
DescriptionJames used this book for general notes, “To Do” lists, and gas flow, capacity and other calculations related to fabrication area equipment. Significant notes include: “First solar cell made from channels” (1960-06-14); “First epitaxial film made in Bell jar” (1960-11-10 ); disclosure of an “Apparatus for deposition of single crystal films epitaxially” (p. 18) .
PatentsThe author is named as inventor on 4 U.S. patents. None are assigned to Fairchild.
Collection TitleFairchild Semiconductor notebooks and technical papers
PublicationsThe author contributed to the following R&D Technical Reports (TR) and papers in professional publications during his service at Fairchild:
TR14 A lateral field photocell (1960-01-20).
TR23 Localized breakdown in diffused silicon junctions (1960-05-04).
TR26 Silicon nitride films (1960-08-22).
TR43 The vacuum evaporation of single crystal thin films of silicon (1961-04-15).
Hale, A. P. and James, B. D., The vacuum evaporation of single crystal thin films of silicon. 1960 International Electron Devices Meeting, vol. 6 (1960): 22.