Why Famous: 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.
- 1947-12-23 Transistor invented by John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain and William Shockley in Bell Labs
- 1956-11-01 Nobel for physics awarded to William Shockley, Walter H. Brattain and John Bardeen
- Walter H. Brattain - Biographical - Nobel Prize