Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mystery Person Contest


The Mystery Person Contest has Begun!

10 comments:

  1. Wow, Nate, how did you do that?

    I would have figured Shockley would have been a rather obscure figure.
    PJM

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  2. Shockley invented the transistor, which was an enabler for the modern electronics revolution.

    Computers, cell phones, TV's . . . everything digital is enabled by the Shockley transistor.
    PJM

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  3. I wrote a paper on race and IQ while doing my MA work and I remembered seeing a photo of him when I was reading, so I just Googled, "stanford race iq scientist" and there was his photo again.

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  4. Nate,

    Yes, after inventing the transistor, and enabling the modern world of digital electronics, he did vere off into some controversial areas, suggesting perhaps not all DNA was a pristine as his own, and perhaps there was a need of more DNA like his in the gene pool, and a need of less from certain other people.
    PJM

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  5. Though not as quick as Nate I figured it out on a hunch based on the picture. I googled American physicist and found images of him. Turns out he was born in the UK.

    John

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  6. A very clever man and a Physics Nobel Prize winner. I recall reading somewhere he was heavily involved with radar during WW2.

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  7. Jim,
    Yes he worked on radar for the military. Radar was an early pre-cursor to modern electronics.
    PJM

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  8. Once again, it's roots and berries for the "victory" breakfast. Ya gotta get some tougher ones, PJM. RTD didn't even have to make a guess this time.

    KennyD

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  9. The Google image search on my iPhone correctly identified the picture as William B Shockley.

    We've come a long way, baby.

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