Oral history interview with James M. Goldey

Oral history interview with James M. Goldey

  • 2005-Feb-18 (First session)
  • 2005-Apr-08 (Second session)

James M. Goldey chronicles his involvement with the electronics industry and his career at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc. He describes his interaction with William B. Shockley, Julius Molnar, Jack Moll, and Ian M. Ross. Goldey continues the interview by describing his work assignments at Bell Labs, along with his involvement with the Nike-X missile, silicon transistors, integrated circuit development, and hybrid circuits.

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  • 99 pages
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About the Interviewers

David C. Brock is a senior research fellow with the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As a historian of science and technology, he specializes in the history of semiconductor science, technology, and industry; the history of instrumentation; and oral history. Brock has studied the philosophy, sociology, and history of science at Brown University, the University of Edinburgh, and Princeton University.In the policy arena Brock recently published Patterning the World: The Rise of Chemically Amplified Photoresists, a white-paper case study for the Center’s Studies in Materials Innovation. With Hyungsub Choi he is preparing an analysis of semiconductor technology roadmapping, having presented preliminary results at the 2009 meeting of the Industry Studies Association.

Christophe Lécuyer is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and he received a PhD in history from Stanford University. He was a fellow of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology and has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of Virginia. Before becoming a senior research fellow at CHF, Lécuyer was the program manager of the electronic materials department. He has published widely on the history of electronics, engineering education, and medical and scientific instruments, and is the author of Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930–1970 (2005).

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Born
  • July 03, 1926
  • Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Education

Year Institution Degree Discipline
1950 University of Delaware BS Physics
1955 Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhD Physics

Professional Experience

Bell Telephone Laboratories

  • 1954 to 1989 Director, Linear and High Voltage Integrated Circuit Laboratory

Honors

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1969 Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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James M. Goldey, interviewed by David C. Brock and Christophe Lécuyer in Allentown, Pennsylvania on April 8, 2005. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0306. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/9g54xj49r.

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The published version of the transcript may diverge from the interview audio due to edits to the transcript made by staff of the Center for Oral History, often at the request of the interviewee, during the transcript review process.

Complete Interview Audio File Web-quality download

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