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 274,624 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Walter Houser Brattain is the 120th most popular physicist (up from 176th in 2019), the 111th most popular biography from China (up from 197th in 2019) and the most popular 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 120 out of 717Before him are George Paget Thomson, Ernst Abbe, Aage Bohr, Auguste Piccard, Heinrich Rohrer, and François Arago. After him are C. F. Powell, Pavel Cherenkov, Owen Chamberlain, Leo Szilard, Isidor Isaac Rabi, and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow.

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Among people born in 1902, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 21Before him are Saud of Saudi Arabia, Barbara McClintock, Eugene Wigner, Nâzım Hikmet, William Wyler, and Alfred Kastler. After him are Kurt Alder, Josemaría Escrivá, Arne Tiselius, Meyer Lansky, Arne Jacobsen, and Harold Lasswell. Among people deceased in 1987, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 15Before him are Fred Astaire, Marguerite Yourcenar, Pola Negri, Andrey Kolmogorov, Thomas Sankara, and Gunnar Myrdal. After him are John Huston, Lino Ventura, John Howard Northrop, William P. Murphy, Lee Byung-chul, and Andrés Segovia.

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Among people born in China, Walter Houser Brattain ranks 111 out of 1,392Before him are Tu Youyou (1930), Jiang Ziya (-1090), Jiajing Emperor (1507), Chenghua Emperor (1447), Emperor Renzong of Song (1010), and Zhao Ziyang (1919). After him are Yuan Shao (154), Empress Lü (-241), Soong Mei-ling (1897), Yue Fei (1142), King Wu of Zhou (-1150), and Shen Kuo (1031).


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), Qian Xuesen (1911), and He Jiankui (1984).