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Guide to the Gerald L. Pearson Papers
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Sketch
  • Description of the Collection
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0350
    Creator: Pearson, Gerald L., 1905-1987.
    Title: Gerald L. Pearson papers
    Dates: 1934-1987
    Physical Description: 6.5 Linear feet
    Summary: Correspondence, 1961-1982, research notebooks on optical properties of solids and other subjects, technical reports prepared during his tenure at Bell Telephone Laboratories, reprints, photographs and slides, legal papers relating to patents, transcript of an oral history interview, memorabilia, and other miscellaneous items.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Gift of Mildred Pearson, 1988 and 1992, and James Harris, 1989.

    Information about Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    Gerald L. Pearson Papers (SC0350). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical Sketch

    Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1960 to 1987 and Director of Stanford Solid State Electronics Laboratory. Research Physicist at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1929 to 1960 in the field of solid-state electronics. Co-inventor of the solar cell, Pearson held a total of 34 U.S. patents relating to thermistors, transistors, silicon power diodes, and solar cells.

    Description of the Collection

    Correspondence, 1961-1982, research notebooks on optical properties of solids and other subjects, technical reports prepared during his tenure at Bell Telephone Laboratories, reprints, photographs and slides, legal papers relating to patents, transcript of an oral history interview, memorabilia, and other miscellaneous items.
    The correspondence, dating from 1960 through 1981, consists of letters sent and received while Pearson was a professor of Electrial Engineering at Stanford university. Also included are technical reports for Bell Telephone Labs, reprints, articles and lectures concerning the solar cell, photographs and slides documenting the solar cell, a notebook containing abstracts of papers Pearson presented to the American Physical Society, affidavits and testimony relating to patent trials and four transistor artifacts.

    Access Terms

    Bell Telephone Laboratories.
    Harris, James
    Pearson, Gerald L., 1905-1987.
    Stanford University. Dept. of Electrical Engineering--Faculty.
    Stanford University. Solid State Electronics Laboratory.
    Electrical engineering
    Physicists.
    Solar cells.