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Guide to the Richard Winkler papers
X8440.2018  
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Description
The Richard Winkler papers contain technical reports and papers, subject files, memos, journal articles, and newspaper clippings. Ranging in date from 1944 to 1977, many of the materials pertain to the history of semiconductors, transistors, and vacuum tubes. The papers document Winkler's studies and work at Stanford University in the Electronics Research Laboratory and the Microwave Laboratory, as well as his work at various technology companies including Cascade Research Corporation, General Electric, Zenith, Shockley Semiconductor, Clevite Corporation, ITT Semiconductor, and Amelco Semiconductor (a Teledyne company). The collection also holds subject and research files that contain technical reports and papers, clippings from academic journals, newspaper clippings, and catalogs.
Background
Richard Winkler is an engineer who has worked at Stanford University as well as a number of important electronics firms in Silicon Valley. Winkler studied electrical engineering at Stanford University, graduating with a BS in electrical engineering in 1948. He also earned two graduate degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford, completing them in 1953. While at Stanford, he worked on microwave tubes and high-power klystrons at the Electronics Research Laboratory and the Microwave Laboratory. After Stanford, Winkler worked for Cascade Research Corporation, General Electric, and Zenith Radio Research, where he worked in production engineering. He joined Shockley Transistor Corporation in the early 1960s, staying with Shockley as it was purchased by first Clevite Corporation and then ITT Corporation. Later, he worked for Teledyne (Amelco) Semiconductor, after which he co-founded Spectrotherm Corporation, where he worked until 1975. Winkler has six patents from his work in the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. In the late 1970s, Winkler began teaching at the University of San Francisco and Saint Mary's College, focusing on finance, marketing, business organization, and operations management.
Extent
6.25 Linear feet, 5 record cartons
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Availability
The collection is open for research. However, the collection may require review by CHM staff before viewing.