Awards & Winners

William Shockley

Date of Birth 13-February-1910
Place of Birth London
(England, United Kingdom, Great Britain)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as William Bradford Shockley, William Bradford Shockley Jr.
Profession Inventor, Physicist, Scientist, Mountaineer
William Bradford Shockley Jr. was an American physicist and inventor. Along with John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain, Shockley co-invented the transistor, for which all three were awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. Shockley's attempts to commercialize a new transistor design in the 1950s and 1960s led to California's "Silicon Valley" becoming a hotbed of electronics innovation. In his later life, Shockley was a professor at Stanford and became a staunch advocate of eugenics.

Awards by William Shockley

Check all the awards nominated and won by William Shockley.


IEEE Medal of Honor
(for the invention of the junction transistor, the analog and the junction field-effect transistor, and the theory underlying their operation.)


Nobel Prize in Physics
(for their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect)


Comstock Prize in Physics
(For his pioneering investigations and exposition of electric and magnetic properties of solid materials; in particular for his researches in the conduction of electricity by electrons and holes in semiconductors.)