On being given psychological tests before being hired at Shockley Semiconductor:
Harry Sello was recruited to work at Shockley Semiconductor company by William Shockley in 1957. Shockley was handpicking scientists for his new company, and he called Sello out of the blue one day. Sello was working as a physical chemist at Shell Development Company. "He just assumed I knew who he was," said Sello. "Of course, I did."
Sello was born in Russia on March 20, 1921 and moved to the US when he was a year and a half old. He attended the University of Illinois for his undergraduate degree in chemistry and then received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Missouri.
Sello said he didn't have as tough a time getting along with Shockley as some others did. Since Sello was a chemist instead of a physicist, the two men didn't butt heads as often -- in fact it was more likely for Shockley to walk off muttering, "Eh, you chemists."
So, when eight disgruntled scientists left Shockley Semiconductor to form a new company called Fairchild Semiconductor, Sello didn't join them. He'd only been working with Shockley for three months, and didn't see any reason to leave. But after another year and a half, he felt that Shockley's focus was too narrow -- Shockley had his hopes set on building a complicated four-layer diode and consequently never managed to build even simple transistors. So, when Sello was offered a job at Fairchild with his former colleagues, he decided to take it.
Sello spent 22 years at Fairchild. In the early days he worked on the integrated chip with its inventor Robert Noyce. Later on he became involved with technology transfer with companies all over the world, including Hungary, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, South Africa and Holland.
Using that experience, Sello formed Harry Sello and Associates in 1982. The firm is based in Menlo Park, but has bases all over the world. The company organizes and invests in international business ventures in microelectronics and related fields.
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