On playing bridge with Walter Brattain and John Bardeen:
Arthur Torsiglieri was a patent lawyer at Bell Labs who worked closely with the transistor patents. He wasn't there for the very first patent applications on the point-contact transistor and the junction transistor, but he was involved with everything thereafter.
While Torsiglieri was in law school at Harvard he took
a course in patent law from a patent lawyer at AT&T. After
the course was over, the professor invited a select few from the class
to interview at Bell. Torsiglieri took the opportunity and was hired
in the spring of 1949.
Torsiglieri said that in the 1970s, he received a phone call from William Shockley. It was long after Shockley had left Bell Labs, but Shockley had recently looked over his patents and had a question. He wanted to know if there was any way his patent for the junction transistor could override Brattain and Bardeen's patent for the point-contact transistor. Torsiglieri told him that his patents did not supercede Brattain and Bardeen's, and that seems to be the last time Shockley tried to get sole responsibility for inventing the transistor.
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