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The Origins of Silicon Valley: Why and How It Happened

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Shriners Hospital Auditorium

2425 Stockton Boulevard

Sacramento, CA 95817

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-- early 20th century, tech development, new management practices, where innovation happens today, predictions ...
The nearby SF Bay Area is home to the world-renown hub of technological innovation and explosive economic growth called the Silicon Valley. How and why did that engine of progress happen there? When did it really begin?
The story goes back to local Hams (amateur radio operators) trying to break RCA's tube patents, early Stanford engineers, the sinking of the Titanic, early "angel" investments, Fred Terman and Stanford University, local invention of high-power tubes (gammatron, klystron), WW II and radar, new approaches to running companies, and the SF Bay Area infrastructure that developed -- these factors pretty much determined that the semiconductor and IC industries would be located in the Santa Clara Valley, and it would become the model for innovation worldwide.
Paul Wesling, an IEEE Life Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer, has observed the Valley for decades as an engineer, executive, resident, and educator. He will give an exciting and colorful history of device technology development and innovation that began in Palo Alto with some Stanford grads, and spread across the Santa Clara Valley during and following World War II. You'll meet some of the colorful characters -- Cyril Elwell, Lee DeForest, Bill Eitel, Charles Litton, Fred Terman, David Packard, Bill Hewlett and others -- who set leadership patterns for the worldwide electronics industries through their inventions and process development. This explosion of innovation continued through analog design, to digital, then to software, biotech, the graphical user interface, the Internet, mobile, Big Data, virtual reality, and now autonomous transportation. He'll end by telling us about some current local organizations and movements that keep alive the spirit of the radio Hams and the Homebrew Computer Club -- Maker Faire, MeetUps, and the other entrepreneurial groups where geeks gather to start new companies that invent the future.

Please register you and your guest(s) by January 20, so we can plan accordingly. Pay $20 each at the door, to cover appetizers and beverages at the pre-talk reception (cash or check; no credit cards).

-- "Excellent speaker!! Great grasp of materials and breadth of his knowledge." (Stanford Historical Society attendee)

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