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Walter Houser Brattain

Physicist Walter Houser Brattain

Profession: Physicist

United States of America

Biography: Brattain, along with his fellow scientists John Bardeen and William Shockley, worked at Bell Labs where they invented the point-contact transistor, the first type of solid-state electronic transistor ever invented.

For his milestone efforts, Brattain was jointly awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics with Shockley and Bardeen.

Born: February 10, 1902
Birthplace: Amoy, China

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: October 13, 1987 (aged 85)

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