Artifact Details

Title

James patent notebook (#135)

Catalog Number

102723918

Type

Text

Date

1960-06-14-1961-06-20

Author

James, B. David

Biographical Notes

Brian 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.

Publisher

Fairchild Semiconductor

Identifying Numbers

Document number 135

Extent

11 dated entries over 29 pages.

Dimensions

12 x 10 inches

Description

James 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) .

Patents

The author is named as inventor on 4 U.S. patents. None are assigned to Fairchild.

Category

Notebooks

Collection Title

Fairchild Semiconductor notebooks and technical papers

Publications

The 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.

Credit

Gift of Texas Instruments Incorporated

Lot Number

X6464.2012