Why did Silicon Valley come into being? Find out what it had to do with HAM radio operators, the sinking of the Titanic, Fred Terman and Stanford University, WWII radar, klystron tubes, William Shockley's mother, Hetch Hetchy water, and the infrastructure and climate of the Bay Area.
Paul Wesling, an IEEE/CPMT Society Distinguished Lecturer, will present an intriguing history of the innovation that ended up in Santa Clara Valley during and following World War II.
You'll learn about some colorful characters: Lee DeForest, "Doc" Herrold, Bill Eitel, Charles Litton, Fred Terman, David Packard, Bill Hewlett, the Varian Brothers, and others. Understanding how this special place came about will provide a better understanding of why most new technology continutes to bubble up here.
This free program is sponsored by the Library and Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society. For more information, call 1-408-615-2909.