Pat E. Haggerty - HoF

Summary : Pat E. Haggerty broke semiconductors out of old-guard electronics companies

Inducted 2016, when the HoF was opened beyond Chip Making to include people who changed the business

Pat E. Haggerty broke semiconductors out of old-guard electronics companies

  • Military needed reliable transistors
    • Old-guard electronics companies were not delivering
    • They simply moved too slow
  • “One day this Texan walks into” Howard Moss’s office at the U.S. Army Signal Corps Lab, Ft. Monmouth, N.J. 
    • Pulls a beaker, a jug of water, a Bunsen burner, and a transistor radio out
    • Brings the water to a boil, turns on the radio, and drops it into the water
    • As the radio played in boiling water, Haggerty said. “Mr. Moss, I want to talk to you about reliability.”
    • Howard Moss wrote him a check that day for a contract
    • With it, the modern semiconductor industry was born
      • An industry that would epitome of fast product development cycle times

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