Walter Houser Brattain

1902 - 1987

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Walter Houser Brattain (; February 10, 1902 – October 13, 1987) was an American physicist at Bell Labs who, along with fellow scientists John Bardeen and William Shockley, invented the point-contact transistor in December 1947. They shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Houser Brattain has received more than 227,006 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Walter Houser Brattain is the 176th most popular physicist (down from 122nd in 2019), the 197th most popular biography from China (down from 99th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Chinese Physicist.

Walter Houser Brattain is most famous for his work in the field of solid-state physics, and in particular for his work on the transistor. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1956.

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Among physicists, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 176 out of 721Before him are Robert Coleman Richardson, David Brewster, Michio Kaku, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, Steven Weinberg, and Hans Georg Dehmelt. After him are K. Alex Müller, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Alexander Prokhorov, Donald A. Glaser, Osborne Reynolds, and Satyendra Nath Bose.

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Among people born in 1902, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 33Before him are Meyer Lansky, Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, Reinhard Gehlen, Alexander Luria, Mikhail Suslov, and Juscelino Kubitschek. After him are André Michel Lwoff, Felix Wankel, Émile Benveniste, Alva Myrdal, Theodore Schultz, and Luis Barragán. Among people deceased in 1987, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 23Before him are Lee Byung-chul, John Howard Northrop, Fahri Korutürk, Thomas Sankara, Lino Ventura, and Jascha Heifetz. After him are Lee Marvin, Joseph Campbell, Jacqueline du Pré, Jean Anouilh, William P. Murphy, and Anthony de Mello.

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Among people born in China, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 197 out of 1,186Before him are Emperor Zhao of Han (-94), Emperor Xuan of Han (-91), Benedict Anderson (1936), Li Hongzhang (1823), Faxian (340), and Guo Jia (170). After him are Emperor Ling of Han (156), Kaidu (1230), Wang Yangming (1472), 6th Dalai Lama (1683), Wang Anshi (1021), and Lü Meng (178).


Among physicists born in China, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 2Before him are Yang Chen-Ning (1922). After him are Chien-Shiung Wu (1912), Tsung-Dao Lee (1926), Daniel C. Tsui (1939), Qian Xuesen (1911), and He Jiankui (1984).