Shockley, William

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Shockley, William Gender: M
born on 14 February 1910 at 09:45 (= 09:45 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 24°50' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 23°40 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 12°42'

William Shockley
photo: Chuck Painter / Stanford News Service, license cc-by-3.0


American physicist and inventor. In 1947 William Shockley co-invented the transistor, an invention that changed the course of history for computers and electronics in a big way.

He was awarded many prizes and received many honors culminating in the Nobel Prize for Physics, 1956.

His contributions during the WWII were numerous. He worked in Bell Labs but his abrasive management style caused him to run his own company. He became increasing paranoid and because of that his team broke up.

In his later years, Shockley slipped into eugenics and was attacked in print, on television and in scientific journals. His last years was a very sad; he was estranged from all his friends.

He died of prostate cancer, 12 August 1989, Stanford, CA.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Joel Shurkin biography "Broken Genius" p. 6:

"At 2:30 in the morning of the 13th of February, May went into labor. At 9:45 the next morning, William recoded in his diary that he could hear the sound of his son crying... May had been in labor for more than 24 hours..."

Starkman add: His father preferred to record his son's birthday as 13th Feb, probably because it was Sunday.


  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric
  • Vocation : Science : Physics
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize
  • Notable : Famous : Notable extremes