The Great Scientist Who Never Understood Business

Shockley saw the company more as a successor to Bell Labs than a P&L operation.

Shortly after Gordon Moore joined Shockley in 1956 at the age of 27,  Shockley decided to drop research into the silicon transistor and instead develop a four layer diode.

In his time at Shockley Laboratory, Moore recalled: “We never developed a product or even defined one.”




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