Guide to the Gerald L. Pearson Papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford, California
October 2010
Copyright © 2012 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0350
Creator: Pearson, Gerald L., 1905-1987.
Title: Gerald L. Pearson papers
Dates: 1934-1987
Physical Description: 6.5 Linear feet
Summary: Correspondence, 1961-1982, research notebooks on optical properties of solids and other subjects, technical reports prepared during his tenure at Bell Telephone Laboratories, reprints, photographs and slides, legal papers relating to patents, transcript of an oral history interview, memorabilia, and other miscellaneous items.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Mildred Pearson, 1988 and 1992, and James Harris, 1989.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Gerald L. Pearson Papers (SC0350). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1960 to 1987 and Director of Stanford Solid State Electronics Laboratory. Research Physicist at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1929 to 1960 in the field of solid-state electronics. Co-inventor of the solar cell, Pearson held a total of 34 U.S. patents relating to thermistors, transistors, silicon power diodes, and solar cells.

Description of the Collection

Correspondence, 1961-1982, research notebooks on optical properties of solids and other subjects, technical reports prepared during his tenure at Bell Telephone Laboratories, reprints, photographs and slides, legal papers relating to patents, transcript of an oral history interview, memorabilia, and other miscellaneous items.
The correspondence, dating from 1960 through 1981, consists of letters sent and received while Pearson was a professor of Electrial Engineering at Stanford university. Also included are technical reports for Bell Telephone Labs, reprints, articles and lectures concerning the solar cell, photographs and slides documenting the solar cell, a notebook containing abstracts of papers Pearson presented to the American Physical Society, affidavits and testimony relating to patent trials and four transistor artifacts.

Access Terms

Bell Telephone Laboratories.
Harris, James
Pearson, Gerald L., 1905-1987.
Stanford University. Dept. of Electrical Engineering--Faculty.
Stanford University. Solid State Electronics Laboratory.
Electrical engineering
Physicists.
Solar cells.


Collection Contents

 

Original Accession

 

Correspondence

Arrangement

incoming & outgoing arranged alphabetically
Box 1, Folder 1

9/60-6/61

Box 1, Folder 2

7/61-2/62

Box 1, Folder 3

4/62-4-63

Box 1, Folder 4

4/63-2/64

Box 1, Folder 5

3/64-12/64

Box 1, Folder 6

1/65-12/65

Box 1, Folder 7

10/65-11/66

Box 1, Folder 8

1/67-12/14/67

Box 2, Folder 1

1/68-12/68

Box 2, Folder 2

1969

Box 2, Folder 3

1970

Box 2, Folder 4

1971

Box 2, Folder 5

1972

Box 2, Folder 6

1973

Box 2, Folder 7

1974

Box 3, Folder 1

1975

Box 3, Folder 2

1976

Box 3, Folder 3

1977

Box 3, Folder 4

1978

Box 3, Folder 5

1979

Box 3, Folder 6

1980

Box 3, Folder 7

1981-1982

Box 4, Folder 1

[James F.] Gibbons

Box 4, Folder 2

[James F.] Gibbons

Box 4, Folder 3

Solid State Electronics in the USSR Report on a lecture tour in the Soviet Union, 9/17-10/16 1971

Box 4, Folder 4

Solar Cells: technical reports, newspaper clippings and photographs

Box 4, Folder 5

Research notebook

Box 4, Folder 6

Pearson technical reports (Bell Telephone Labs) and articles

Box 4, Folder 7

Pearson technical reports (Bell Telephone Labs)

Box 4, Folder 8

Pearson reprints, articles and papers presented

Box 4, Folder 9

reprints, technical reports (authors other than Pearson)

Box 4, Folder 10

technical reports (Bell Telephone Labs and authors other than Pearson)

Box 4, Folder 11

technical reports (Bell Telephone Labs and authors other than Pearson)

Box 4, Folder 12

Pearson reprints and technical reports (Bell Telephone Labs, and authors other than Pearson)

Box 4, Folder 13

reprints and articles (authors other than Pearson)

Box 4, Folder 14

articles (authors other than Pearson)

Box 4, Folder 15

Pearson article and accompanying photographs

Box 4, Folder 16

Pearson essay

Box 4, Folder 17

Pearson article and accompanying photographs and negatives

Box 4, Folder 18

Course Description and teaching materials for EE-257 , Experimental Solid State Electronics

Box 4, Folder 19

Lists of Pearson's: Technical Publications, Publications and U. S. Patents by Pearson assigned to Bell Telephone Laboratories

Box 4, Folder 20-23

Awards, memberships in national/ international societies

Box 4, Folder 24

Ephemera: Naval certified citizen Employee Identification, Membership card for the Franklin Institute and rate of pay card

Box 4, Folder 25

Photographs/negatives: Explorer VI, solar-powered satelite, circa August 7, 1959

Box 4, Folder 26

Photographs/negatives: portraits of Gerald Pearson in laboratory

Box 4, Folder 27

Photographs/negatives: laborato:ry equipment, graphs and charts

Box 4, Folder 28

Photographs: solar batteries, crystals, silicon power rectifiers, graphs, charts and diagrams (press releases, articles and tec1mical reports accompany same photographs)

Box 5, Folder 

volume containing abstracts of papers Pearson presented to the American Physical Society, 1928-1978

Box 5, Folder 

transcript of Gerald L. Pearson's testimony; Sper:ry-Rand Corporation vs. Bernard J. Rothlein, et aI, 2/18/64

Box 5, Folder 

affidavits for Gerald L. Pearson in patent cases: -Jack st. Clair vs. Robert N. Noyce -Fairchild camera vs. Texas Instruments

Box 5, Folder 

glass slides (approximately 100): charts and diagrams

Box 5, Folder 

35 mm slides (approximately 450): charts and diagrams (student research ?)

Box 5, Folder 

artifacts: three [silicon power rectifiers]

Box 6, Folder 1

Affidavit of Gerald L. Pearson, in the German Patent Office, re: Application of Fairchild camera and Instrument Corporation No. 1,197,548; Filed: April 26, 1960; Semiconductor Device With One or More PN Junctions and Methcxi to Prcxiuce Them

Box 6, Folder 2

The Transistor and Related Experiments, by J. Bardeen, W.H. Brattain, W. Shockley, G.L. Pearson; Bell Telephone System, Technical Publication, Monograph B-1574

Box 6, Folder 3

Photographs, 5 black and white photographs

Box 6, Folder 4

EE 257 Experiments I to VII (inactive)

Scope and Content Note

I Conducti vi ty and Hall Effect of Gennanium; II Drift Mobility, Diffusion Length and Lifetime of Holes in Germanium; III Recording Spectometer and its Use in Measuring the Absorption Edge in Silicon Crystals; IV Dielectric Constant Experiment; V Specific Heat Experiment; VI Ferrmagnetic Resonance Experiment; VII Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Box 6, Folder 5

Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Energy Research Prize 1981

Scope and Content Note

List of Recipients, Addresses, Pearson's address
Box 6, Folder 6

Laboratory Notebook: Optical Properties of Solids c. 1954 - 1957

Box 6, Folder 7

Oral History/Biographical Sketch

Box 6, Folder 8

Study of the History of Solid State Physics Correspondence/Memos c. 1979

Box 6, Folder 9

Miscellany

 

Accesion ARCH-1992-135 Additional Material

Box 1, Folder 1

Sperry Rand Corporation v . Bernard J. Rothlein, et. al - legal papers 1964

Box 1, Folder 2

Photographs of Pearson, W. Shockley, and solar cells

Box 1, Folder 3

Solar cells: reprints, technical reports, clipping 1954-55

Box 1, Folder 4

Transistor: Bell Labs press release and reports re: first demonstration 1948

Box 1, Folder 5

Bell Laboratories RECORD (3 issues) and BUSINESS WEEK 1960 Mar 26

Box 1, Folder 

F.J. Biondi, ed., TRANSISTOR TECHNOLOGY, vol. 2

Box 1, Folder 

Examples of solar cells