Russell Ohl papers, 1924-1960

1085

Collection Overview

Title:
Russell Ohl papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1924-1960
Creator:
Ohl, Russell
Abstract:
Russell Ohl, a 1918 graduate of the Pennsylvania State College, conducted research in the field of chemical engineering and physics. His research led to the invention of many items, including radar, transistors, solar batteries, and semiconductors.
Abstract:
The Russell Ohl Papers includes technical memoranda, letters and notes, drawings, charts, graphs, experiment data, and published papers concerning his research,especially with silicon.
Collection Number:
1085
Size:
2 Cubic feet
Location:
Some materials stored off-site. Allow three days advance notice to use the materials. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Russell Ohl was born in 1898 near Allentown, Pennsylvania. He enrolled at Penn State at age sixteen in 1914, and graduated with a degree in electrochemical engineering in 1919. After graduation, Ohl joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps becoming familiar with radio technology. Ohl then left the field of electrochemistry and began teaching and studying physics at the University of Colorado. He left Colorado after two years to take a job working with radios at ATamp;T. Ohl began working at Bell Laboratories in 1927 as a radio research engineer. His research while at ATamp;T and Bell Labs, especially with silicon, was integral to the creation of radar, transistors, solar batteries, and semiconductors. Ohl holds 82 United States patents and around 40 international patents. He retired from Bell Labs in 1958 and moved to California, where he lived until his death in March 1987.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Restrictions, where applicable, are noted at the series, subseries, or file levels.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Russell Ohl Papers (1085), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Ohl, Russell

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