Walter Houser Brattain

1902 - 1987

Walter Houser Brattain

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 196,231 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 123rd most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 122 out of 659Before him are Hippolyte Fizeau, Edward Victor Appleton, Alfred Kastler, Hans Geiger, Ernst Abbe, and Peter Grünberg. After him are Igor Tamm, Ernst Ruska, John Robert Schrieffer, Jean-Baptiste Biot, Simon van der Meer, and Johann Jakob Balmer.

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Among people born in 1902, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 20Before him are Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ray Kroc, Eugene Wigner, Saud of Saudi Arabia, Kurt Alder, and Alfred Kastler. After him are Josemaría Escrivá, William Wyler, Arne Jacobsen, Arne Tiselius, Barbara McClintock, and Alva Myrdal. Among people deceased in 1987, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 13Before him are Primo Levi, Fred Astaire, Marguerite Yourcenar, Andrey Kolmogorov, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Gunnar Myrdal. After him are Pola Negri, Lee Byung-chul, Jacques Anquetil, Fahri Korutürk, John Howard Northrop, and Andrés Segovia.

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Among people born in China, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 99 out of 921Before him are Emperor Wen of Sui (541), Sun Jian (155), Dorgon (1612), Wu Cheng'en (1500), Jianwen Emperor (1377), and Emperor Guangwu of Han (-5). After him are Qin Er Shi (-229), Tongzhi Emperor (1856), Emperor Yang of Sui (569), Tu Youyou (1930), Emperor Taizu of Song (927), and Jiajing Emperor (1507).


Among physicists born in China, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 1After him are Yang Chen-Ning (1922), Tsung-Dao Lee (1926), Chien-Shiung Wu (1912), Daniel C. Tsui (1939), and Qian Xuesen (1911).

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