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  1. gwhite

    gwhite Guest,0,6203056.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

    "PALO ALTO, Calif. -- James M. Early, an electrical engineer and inventor best
    known for his pioneering work with transistors, has died. He was 81. Early died
    Monday at a veteran's hospital in Palo Alto.

    Early created much of the design theory of bipolar transistors at Bell
    Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., where he worked for Nobel Prize winner
    William Shockley."
  2. Eighty-one isn't bad. The late Mr. Early had a good long life. Note to
    workaholics- his daughter remembers the sandbox he built for the kids,
    probably 50 years ago.

    Thanks for posting this.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  3. And best known for his "base modulation effect" I've always quite
    fancied the idea of having an Effect named after me.
  4. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    There is already a name for it : vomit .
  5. Paul:


    James Early, RIP.

    And besides the well known "Effect"... James Early also has a "Voltage"
    after him, the Early Voltage "Va".

    I have always admired the way in which the virtual voltage "Va", in much the
    same manner as "intermodulation intercept points" do in another field,
    succinctly in a single number [Va] such a complicated "Effect".
  6. What is that, "base modulation effect" ?
  7. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    Good catch- base /width/ modulation effect- less of a base region
    traverse by minority carrier diffusion makes for less recombination and
    therefore apparent increase in beta.
  8. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Burridge Constipation Effect - Blocked lower aperture causes emission
    from upper aperture ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  9. LOL! I thought you'd promised us you were going to f*ck off?
  10. I was thinking more in terms of when you design and build something,
    can't get it to work and throw it away. :)
  11. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Burridge Hacker Effect ?:)

    ...Jim Thompson
  12. No, that would sound like I was sharing it with some co-discoverer
    called Hacker; in the fashion of Michelson-Morely, for example.
    Actually I think I'll save it to describe the "zener jitter"
    phenomenon I recently discovered and deserve *all* the credit for. :)
  13. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I've got it... Burridge Syndrome, A form of Alzheimers caused by
    jittering zeners ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  14. LOL! You're a cruel bastard! ;-)
  15. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Zener Jitter? Can you explain?

    -- Mike --
  16. Mike

    Mike Guest

    From now on, it will be known as the "Late Early Effect."

    -- Mike --
  17. Well I could, but that might cost me a Nobel Prize. If someone like
    Jim Thompson reads my paper, he'd submit it to Nature first, and
    thereby rob me of my rightful recognition. :)
  18. Bill Sloman

    Bill Sloman Guest

    Using zener diodes (at low current) as noise sources goes back to the

    There was a 1997 thread here on "Zener Diode Oscillation" which lists
    some useful references.
  19. Active8

    Active8 Guest

    On 17 Jan 2004 16:48:06 -0800, said...
    Hi Bill.

    Ahhh. Prior art.

    Sorry Paul. Too late. Hey... If all you get is flowers on your
    grave, it beats a blank. You don' need no stinkin' other
  20. That wasn't what I was getting at, actually and there are better
    diodes to use for sources of noise as you must surely know.l
    Not where I'm coming from, I'm afraid.
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