Artifact Details

Title

Shokin, Alexander oral history

Catalog Number

102746435

Type

Text

Date

2012-05-17

Contributor

Fairbairn, Doug, Editor
Melikhov, Ernesto Garcia, Interpreter
Ponomarenko, Vladimir, Videographer
Remacle, Rosemary, Interviewer
Shokin, Alexander, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Moscow, Russia

Extent

46 p.

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

Alexander Shokin was born in Moscow in 1947. He was the son of Alexander Shokin, Sr. who was a famous and powerful individual in the Russian Electronics Industry. The senior Shokin had in fact played a major role in Zelenograd’s establishment as the center for microelectronics in the Soviet Union. In 1963, he had assumed the position of Chairman of the State Committee for Electronic Technology in the USSR. In 1965, he was named minister of the electronics industry of the USSR.

Returning to the younger Shokin, he studied Physics at Moscow State University. One area of focus was lasers which he continued into his career, developing YAG lasers. At the time of this interview, he was First Vice President of the Academy of Engineering in Russia.

He spends much of the interview talking about the development of the microelectronics industry in the Soviet Union during the 1950’s to 1970’s—a time when his father was leading much of that effort. He also speaks about his perception of the role of Alfred Sarant and Joel Barr, two American defectors to Russian in the 1950s.

Category

Transcription

Subject

semiconductor history; Zelenograd; Staros, Filipp Georgievich; Sarant, Alfred; Barr, Joel; Berg, Jozef Veniaminovich; YAG laser; Russian Academy of Engineering; USSR Ministry of Electronics; Microelectronics; Micron; Angstrem

Collection Title

Oral Histories online

Series Title

Russian semiconductor pioneers

Lot Number

X6507.2012