The Origins of Silicon Valley: Why and How It Happened

– the early 20th century, tech development, new management practices, where innovation happens today …
Speaker: Paul Wesling, IEEE Life Fellow, Tandem Computer/HP (retired)
Sponsors: SCV and OEB Life Members Affinity Group
Presentation Slides: “The Origins of Silicon Valley: Why and How It Happened Here” (5 MB PDF)
YouTube video (1 hour): “The Origins of Silicon Valley: Why and How It Happened”
Meeting Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM (Arrive between 9:15 and 9:30 AM); talk begins at 9:45 AM
Cost: none
Location: Session 302-B, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara (free parking on top floor of garage)
RSVP: complimentary registration required, by August 7. ($25, at door)
Details: This is a free talk, available to all. Use the Flash Memory Summit registration form; select the “Exhibits & Open Sessions Only” choice (the Form will say “Payment NOT required”). You can pick up your badge at the registration desk at the Convention Center.
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Summary: Why did Silicon Valley come into being? The story goes back to local Hams trying to break RCA’s tube patents, the sinking of the Titanic, Naval ship communications requirements, World War I, angel investing, Fred Terman and Stanford University, local invention of high-power tubes (gammatron, klystron), WW II and radar, William Shockley’s mother living in Palo Alto, and the SF Bay Area infrastructure and management practices that developed – these factors pretty much determined that the semiconductor and IC industries would be located in the Santa Clara Valley.
Paul Wesling, an IEEE/CPMT Society Distinguished Lecturer, will give an exciting and colorful history of device technology development and innovation that began in San Francisco and Palo Alto in 1907, and ended up in the Santa Clara Valley during and following World War II. You’ll meet some of the colorful characters — Lee DeForest, “Doc” Herrold, Bill Eitel, Charles Litton, Fred Terman, David Packard, Bill Hewlett, Russell Varian and others — who came to define worldwide electronics industries through their inventions, process development, and approach to management.
Please feel free to come to this non-technical talk (great for spouses, teens). Circulate this information to others with an interest in Silicon Valley history and innovation!

Biography: Paul Wesling received his BS in electrical engineering and his MS in materials science from Stanford University. Following assignments at GTE/Lenkurt Electric, ISS/Sperry-Univac, Datapoint Peripheral Products (VP – Product Integrity), and Amdahl (mainframe testing), he joined Tandem Computers in Cupertino (now part of Hewlett Packard) in 1985. He designed several multi-chip module prototypes, managed Tandem’s Distinguished Lectures series, and organized a number of advanced technology courses for his Division and also for the IEEE. He managed a grant from the National Science Foundation for the development of multimedia educational modules. Paul retired from HP in 2001, and then served for 10 years as the Communications Director for the IEEE’s S.F. Bay Area Council.
As vice president of publications from 1985 through 2008, he supervised four archival journals and a newsletter for IEEE’s Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and received the IEEE Centennial Medal, the Board’s Distinguished Service award, the Society Contribution Award, and the IEEE’s Third Millennium Medal. He has organized over 500 courses for the local IEEE chapter in the Santa Clara Valley (Silicon Valley), many of them held at Stanford University (and, more recently, at Silicon Valley company facilities). An Eagle Scout, he served as scoutmaster of his local Boy Scout Troop for 15 years, was Advisor of a High-Adventure Crew, and enjoys backpacking, fly fishing, guitar and amateur radio (call sign: KM6LH).