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Biography

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Gerald L. Pearson

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Dates

March 31, 1905 – October 25, 1987

Authorized Form of Name

Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)

Biography

Abstract

Gerald Pearson was an Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University (1960-1987). He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His research interests included x-rays, semiconductor materials, and thermistors.

Important Dates

March 31, 1905Birth, Salem (Or.).

1926Obtained AB in Mathematics and Physics, Willamette University, Salem (Or.).

1929Obtained AM, Stanford University, Stanford (Calif.).

1929 – 1960Research Physicist (1929-1960) and Head, Department of Applied Solid State Physics (1957-1960), Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill (N.J.).

1958Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford (Calif.).

1960 – 1987Professor of Electrical Engineering (1960-1971); Director, Center for Materials Research (1965-1966); and Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering, Solid State Electronics Laboratories (1971-1987), Stanford University, Stanford (Calif.).

1966 – 1967Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Tokyo (Tōkyō Daigaku).

1970Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1970 – 1972Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Materials and Processes Electronic Devices, National Materials Advisory Board, National Academy of Sciences.

October 25, 1987Death.

Occupation

Solid state physicist.

Places

Birth

Salem (Or.)

Undergraduate Education

Salem (Or.)

Graduate Education

Stanford (Calif.)

Employment

Murray Hill (N.J.)

Stanford (Calif.)

Subjects

Radar.

Science and industry.

Semiconductors.

Solar batteries.

Solid state physics.

Transistors.

X-rays.

Relationships

People

Family

Parlette, Carol

Daughter.

Pearson, Mildred Cannoy

Wife.

Pearson, Ray

Son.

Colleagues

Anderson, P. W. (Philip W.), 1923-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Ashkin, Arthur, 1922-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Bardeen, John

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Beasley, Malcolm

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bode, Hendrik W. (Hendrik Wade), 1905-1982

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Boyle, Willard S., 1924-2011

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Brattain, Walter H. (Walter Houser), 1902-1987

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Buchsbaum, Solomon J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Buckley, Oliver Ellsworth, 1887-1959

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Chodorow, Marvin

Both employed at Stanford University.

Chynoweth, A. G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Clogston, Albert McCavour

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Cutler, Cassius Chapin

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Darlington, Sidney, 1906-1997

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

David, Edward E.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Davisson, Clinton Joseph, 1881-1958

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Feher, George, 1924-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fletcher, Harvey, 1884-1981

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Galt, John Kirtland, 1920-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Geballe, Theodore H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Gossard, A. C.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hagstrum, Homer D.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Herring, William Conyers, 1914-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Ives, Herbert Eugene, 1882-1953

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Javan, Ali, 1926-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Jewett, Frank B. (Frank Baldwin), 1879-1949

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kelly, Mervin Joe

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kittel, Charles

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kompfner, Rudolf, 1909-1977

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kraichnan, Robert H., 1928-2008

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-1993

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Lander, James J., 1914-1996

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Lax, Melvin J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Matthias, Bernd T., 1918-1980

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pfann, William G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Raney, William P.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Richards, Paul L. (Paul Linford)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Shockley, William, 1910-1989

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Smith, George E., 1930-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Spicer, W. E. (William E.)

Both employed at Stanford University.

Stillinger, F. H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Suhl, Harry

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Terman, Frederick Emmons, 1900-1982

Both employed at Stanford University.

Thomas, D. G. (David Gilbert), 1928-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Townes, Charles H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Yariv, Amnon

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Additional

Darrow, Karl K. (Karl Kelchner), 1891-

Instructor of a class Pearson took in 1927.

Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966

Eyring, Henry, 1901-1981

Gibney, Robert Bernard, 1911-

Grisdale, Richard Orvis, 1908-

Morgan, Stanley Owen, 1900-

Riordan, Michael, 1946-

Wooldridge, Dean E.

Institutions

Major Positions

Bell Telephone Laboratories

Research Physicist and Head, Department of Applied Solid State Physics.

Stanford University. Department of Electrical Engineering

Obtained AM (1929). Professor of Electrical Engineering; Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering, Solid State Electronics Laboratories; Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering; and Director, Center for Materials Research.

Tōkyō Daigaku

Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Materials and Processes Electronic Devices, National Materials Advisory Board.

Willamette University

Obtained AB in Mathematics and Physics.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Bell Telephone Laboratories the physics of transistors and semiconductors, 1953.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Gerald Leondus Pearson papers, 1934-1987.

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Oral history interview with Gerald Leondus Pearson, 1976 August 23 and 8 April 1980.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Michael Riordan's research materials for "Crystal Fire," 1900-2009.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Dean E. Wooldridge, 1976 August 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with James Brown Fisk, 1976 June 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Richard Orvis Grisdale, 1975 July 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert Gibney 1978 January 11.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Stanley Owen Morgan, 1975 July 3.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with William Conyers Herring, 1974 July 23, 29, and 31 October.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA