John Bardeen

Updated: 12/30/2019 by Computer Hope
John Bardeen

Name: John Bardeen

Born: May 23, 1908

Death: January 30, 1991 (Age: 82)

Computer-related contributions

  • American physicist and electrical engineer.
  • Most known as the inventor of the transistor, which revolutionized the electronics industry.

Honors and awards

Bardeen is the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with William Shockley and Walter Brattain for the invention of the transistor; and again in 1972 with Leon Neil Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer for a fundamental theory of conventional superconductivity known as the BCS theory.

  • IEEE Medal of Honor (1971).
  • LIFE Magazine's list of "100 Most Influential Americans of the Century (1990).


"Science is a field which grows continuously with ever expanding frontiers."

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