Lee de Forest, Silicon Valley Inventor

Updated Sep 22, 2021
Kathy Pinna
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on Sep 18, 2011 10:07 PM
A Silicon Valley inventor before there was a Silicon Valley, Lee de Forest is one of the fathers of the electronic age.

De Forest invented the Audion, a vacuum tube that ushered in the widespread use of electronics. He was also given an Academy Award (in 1960) for "his pioneering inventions which brought sound to the motion picture" as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His archives are stored in San Jose (the Heart of the Silicon Valley), waiting for space, perhaps in the San Jose Historical Park.

In this photo, he is identified as sitting in front of "one of his inventions".

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service
Date & Place: in USA

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AncientFaces commented on Apr 02, 2020
Shelter in place is a heck of a lot more enjoyable thanks to technology. Entertainment, the ability to see & chat with loved ones, working from home. Thank you pioneers of science and technology!
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