Bernard Reich

Transistor Museum Historic Profile

Recognizing Significant Contributions to 20th Century Semiconductor History and Technology

Curator’s Introduction


Soon after the June 1948 public announcement of the invention of the transistor by Bell Labs, the U.S. military actively promoted the industrial development of this technology for military use. The U.S. Army Signal Corps was the primary governmental organization chartered with this responsibility.  Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Signal Corps established and funded hundreds of industry contracts with transistor companies to assure availability of specific transistor types meeting military procurement requirements.  Joining the Signal Corps in 1948 with a B.S. degree in physics from the College of the City of New York and past experience in electrical engineering, Mr. Bernard Reich was actively involved in the important and historic work with early transistor development accomplished by the Signal Corps.  In the 1950s, Bernie was working as the Chief of the Device Engineering Section, Solid-State Devices Branch at the Sig C Evans Signal Laboratory at Fort Monmouth in Belmar N.J.  This Transistor Museum™ Historic profile will provide information about Bernie’s many important Sig C contributions to early transistor technology, including a comprehensive list of his many technical publications, as well as providing his recollections regarding specific transistor types.  In addition, Bernie has provided comments regarding the Legacy of Fort Monmouth, on the occasion of the recent 2011 closing of this historic Signal Corps landmark.


Notable Contributions




Bernie was co-author, as shown above, of the first comprehensive paper describing the groundbreaking work done by the Signal Corps to promote early transistor development.  Shown below is a section of a 1956 ad in Electronics magazine illustrating the first high frequency (HF) transistor to be qualified for U.S. Army use.  This work is discussed in the article shown above, as are many other early transistor types and military applications. 


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Above is a photograph of Bernard Reich that appeared in the “Contributors” section of the 1958 Proceedings of the IRE.  Bernie’s many technical articles have been published in a wide range of electronics publications since the beginning of transistor technology in the 1950s.  His important body of work was recognized by the industry in 1973 with the IEEE Life Fellow Award for: “contributions to reliability improvement, standardization, and design of semiconductor devices and integrated circuits”.

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