When a fundamental law of nature is revealed, the best inventions arise.Here, the author heard of a mysterious unexplained oscillation in silicon bipolar transistors, and upon investigating discovered...
When a fundamental law of nature is revealed, the best inventions arise.
Here, the author heard of a mysterious unexplained oscillation in silicon bipolar transistors, and upon investigating discovered that it related to the band-gap energy of silicon.
With the phenomenon fully explained, it became possible to design electronic circuits of exquisite simplicity, reliability and performance.
Unfortunately, the author suffers from an untreated Addison's disease. It is one thing to have the knowledge of progress - quite another to implement progress when one is half dead through metabolic disturbance.
The industrial climate was also not conducive to success. The whole of British industry collapsed - and the German economy is currently (2003) in recession.
There is no point in keeping good ideas secret until one dies. If one cannot use it - SHARE IT. And hope, perhaps, that those who gain benefit from it will reward you in the future.
During the thirty years that this concept was kept secret, millions of radios, televisions and portable telephones were manufactured. In many cases, enormous savings could have been made on each item. The economic value of the concept can be reckoned in billions of dollars worldwide.
Charles Douglas Wehner was born in 1944. He was a technical draughtsman in computer manufacture in 1962, and became a technical author (radars of Concorde and Harrier as well as nucleonics), design engineer and factory manager. Further experience was in measurement-and-control systems, photoelectrics and ultrasonics. Charles Wehner was professionally active in Britain and Germany.