Oral history interview with Harry Sello

Oral history interview with Harry Sello

  • 2004-Nov-04 (First session)
  • 2005-Jan-07 (Second session)
  • 2005-Mar-16 (Third session)

Harry Sello begins his oral history interview with a review of his childhood which included emigration from Russia. Sello became interested in chemistry and completed undergraduate work in organic chemistry before applying this knowledge to his Ph.D. research at the University of Missouri. William Shockley recruited him to Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory. At Shockley and then at Fairchild Semiconductor, Sello worked on a variety of chemical aspects of semiconductor manufacturing. Sello concentrated on the transfer of silicon transistor technology to Societa Generale Semiconduttore in Italy, negotiating cultural and industrial boundaries. In 1980, he began Harry Sello Associates after Fairchild Semiconductor was sold to Schlumberger Exploration. Sello concludes the interview with reflections on his current role as an expert witness.

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  • 209 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

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Harry Sello, interviewed by David C. Brock in Menlo Park, California on March 16, 2005. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0300. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/t148fj29x.

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Transcript (Published Version)

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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