The Genius Collective
On July 29th 1955, William Shockley wrote in his notebook: “Call Arnold Beckman.”
Beckman was to put up the money for Shockley’s semiconductor company but it was the Provost of Stanford University, Frederick Terman, who determined its location, persuading Shockley and Beckman to set it up in Silicon Valley.
Terman also dictated the hiring policy: “Better to have one seven-foot jumper than any number of six foot jumpers.”
Shockley scoured the schools of America for the finest young scientific minds recruiting Jean Hoerni, Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore among others.
Two years after the entry ‘Call Arnold Beckman’, Shockley’s notebook recorded: ‘Wed 18 Sep – Group resigns’ .
Shockley’s genius collection had just set out to change the world.