Artifact Details

Title

Sze, Simon oral history

Catalog Number

102746858

Type

Text

Date

2014-02-11

Contributor

Fortier, James, Videographer
Katz, Jeff, Interviewer
Sze, Simon, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

36 p.

Format

PDF

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

Simon Sze was born in China in 1936. He moved to Taiwan at age 12 and attended the National Taiwan University, studying electrical engineering. He then left for the US where he received an MSEE at the University of Washington and a PhD at Stanford University.

Upon graduation, Dr. Sze went to Bell Labs in 1963. His assignment at Bell Labs was to “work on silicon.” During a lunchtime conversation with a colleague in 1967, they conceived of the idea of a “floating gate” into a MOSFET gate structure. It could be used to store charge and perhaps be a mechanism for building solid-state memories to replace core memories in computers. He proved it worked in the lab but did not pursue it to a product. In addition to his research, he authored about 20 books at Bell Labs.

Sze stayed at Bell Labs until 1989. He then returned to Taiwan and joined the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, where he became a professor. His major focus was teaching semiconductor technology to the next generation of students. He also completed another 20 books after his retirement from Bell Labs. In addition, he has been a visiting professor at Kings College in England, Stanford University, and other well-known academic institutions.

Category

Transcription

Subject

semiconductor history; Moll, John; Bell Labs; Floating gates; MOSFET; National Chiao Tung University (NCTU)

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7089.2014