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To most people in the 1950s the word 'transistor' meant a portable radio rather than the clever electronic device that was inside it. Philip Ashby presents a radio history of both - from the 1948 i...nvention of the device in Bell Labs in the US, to the development and marketing of one of Britain's first transistor radios, the Perdio. In two specially recorded interviews with John Pierce of Bell Labs and Rod Berman, who worked with Perdio, the atmosphere of those times is evoked. The programme also features a short talk by the late William Schockley, Nobel prize-winner, and one of the Bell Labs original team, from the BBC archive.
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Series: Technology Faculty Radio; Series T006
Episode 3
First transmission date: 1996-09-01
Original broadcast channel: Radio 4 LW
Published: 1996
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Duration: 00:29:30
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Producers: William Schockley; Philip Ashby
Contributors: Rod Berman; John Pierce
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Bell Labs; Perdio; William Schockley
Master spool number: 95YT0367
Production number: 95YT0367
Available to public: no