Fred Terman at Stanford

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2004-09-15
Publisher(s): Stanford Univ Pr
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Fred Terman was an outstanding American engineer, teacher, entrepreneur, and manager. Terman was also deeply devoted to his students, to engineering, and to Stanford University. This biography focuses on the weave of personality and place across timeit examines Terman as a Stanford faculty child growing up at an ambitious little regional university; as a young electrical engineering professor in the heady 1920s and the doldrums of the Depression; as an engineering manager and educator in the midst of large-scale wartime research projects and the postwar rise of Big Science and Big Engineering; as a university administrator on the razor's edge of great expectations and fragile budgets; and, finally, as a senior statesman of engineering education. The first doctoral student of Vannevar Bush at M.I.T., Terman was himself a prodigious teacher and adviser to many, including William Hewlett and David Packard. Terman was widely hailed as the magnet that drew talent together into what became known as Silicon Valley. Throughout his life, Fred Terman was constant in his belief that quality could be quantified, and he was adamant that a university's success must, in the end, be measured by the success of its students. Fred Terman's formula for success, both in life and for his university, was fairly simple: hard work and persistence, systematic dedication to clearly articulated goals, accountability, and not settling for mediocre work in yourself or in others.

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C. Stewart Gillmor is Professor of History and Science at Wesleyan University.

Table of Contents

Richard Atkinson
Preface xi
Introduction: Building a Discipline, a University, and Silicon Valley
1. California Boy, 1900-1924 11(59)
2. The Stanford Professor, 1925-1937 70(61)
3. Building Radio and Electronics, 1937-1941 131(55)
4. The Radio War, 1941-1946 186(67)
5. Jump-starting Engineering at Stanford, 1942-1949 253(47)
6. From Building a Discipline to Building a University, 1949-1959 300(48)
7. Raising Steeples at Stanford, 1958-1965 348(88)
8. "If I Had My Life to Live Over Again, I Would Play the Same Record," 1965-1982 436(62)
Epilogue: Building, Momentum, Waves, and Networks 498(9)
A. Fred Terman's Salary, 1925-1965
B. U.S. Patents of Fred Terman, 1930-1947
C. Amateur ("Ham") Radio Operators at the Radio Research Laboratory
D. Stanford in the Rankings
Notes 519(76)
Bibliography 595

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