Oral history interview with Kenneth E. Manchester

Oral history interview with Kenneth E. Manchester

  • 2004-Oct-13

Kenneth E. Manchester was drafted after high school to serve in World War II and later attended San Jose State University. Manchester then completed a Ph.D. in chemistry at Stanford University under the supervision of George S. Parks and worked as a postdoctoral fellow under Eric Hutchinson for three years. Manchester joined the surface chemistry group at Shell Development Company in 1955 and moved to Sprague Electric Company in 1962. At Sprague, he directed a research group that pioneered in the development of ion implantation, a key process in the manufacture of integrated circuits. Manchester later headed semiconductor research at Sprague before serving as director of quality assurance and reliability. He concludes the interview with thoughts on the need for chemists in semiconductor development.

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  • 50 pages
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Kenneth E. Manchester, interviewed by Christophe Lécuyer in New Hope, Pennsylvania on October 13, 2004. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0296. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/f1881n14w.

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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.

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