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Issue No.03 - July-Sept. (2009 vol.31)
pp: 68-73
Physicist Herbert Franz Mataré has been doing groundbreaking work in the field of semiconductor research for more than 70 years. With Heinrich Welker in 1948, he developed the first functional European transistor. After that, his company Intermetall was the first to demonstrate a battery-operated transistor radio. Since then, he has continued his cutting-edge research in semiconductor, electronics, and solar-power technology. With more than 80 patents and numerous publications, his contributions to the field are only now being fully appreciated.
Herbert F. Mataré
Armand Van Dormael, "Herbert F. Mataré", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.31, no. 3, pp. 68-73, July-Sept. 2009, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2009.38
1. In addition to approximately 100 refereed journal articles, Mataréhas published many books, including Empfangsprobleme im UHF-Gebiet unter besondere Berücksichtigung des Halbleiters [Receipt Problems in Ultra High Frequency with Consideration to Semiconductors] (Oldenbourg, 1951), Defect Electronics in Semiconductors (Wiley Interscience, 1971), Conscientious Evolution (Scott-Townsend, 2000), , Energy, Facts and Future (CRC Press, 1989), The Ethics of Evolution and Graphic Interference. (Bergin and Garvey, 1999), and Von der Radartechnik bis zur modernen Kommunikationstechnik [From Radar Technology to Modern Communications Technology] (Georg Heidecker, 2002).
2. D. Weil ed., Leaders of the Information Age, H.W. Wilson, 2004, pp. 363–366.
3. H.F. Mataré, "The Lesser Known History of the Crystal Amplifier," unpublished paper.
4. H.F. Mataré, "The Transistor in Gestation," IEEE Spectrum, vol. 35, no. 10, 1998, pp. 8–9.
5. H.F. Mataré, Erlebnisse eines deutschen Physikers und Ingenieurs von 1912 bis zum Ende des Jahrhunderts [Memoirs of a German Physicist and Engineer from 1912 until the End of the Century], Georg Heidecker, 2001.
6. H.F. Mataré, "Breakthroughs Recalled on Transistor Precursors in Germany, France," Physics Today, vol. 51, no. 2, 1998, pp. 97–98.
7. H.F. Mataré letters to A. Van, Dormael, 6 June 2002, 20 July 2002, and 28 Sept. 2003.
8. H.F. Mataré, Von der Radartechnik bis zur, Modernen Kommunikationstechnik [From Radar Technology to Modern Communications Technology], Georg Heidecker, 2002, pp. 4–20.
9. K. Handel, "Anfänge der Halbleiterforschung und -entwicklung" [The Beginnings of Semiconductor Research and Development], doctoral thesis, Cologne Univ., 1999.
10. H. Hillmer, Der Transistor - die Entwicklung von den Anfängen bis zu den frühen integrierten Schaltungen [The Transistor: The Development from the Early Stages until the First Integrated Circuits], Georg Heidecker, 2000, pp. 29–36.
11. H.F. Mataré, "Remarques concernant l'Amplification observée sur des Semi-conducteurs," L'Onde Electrique, Nov. 1950.
12. K. Lischka, "60 Jahre Euro-Transistor: Deutschlands vergessene Chip-Großväter" [The 60 Years of the European Transistor: Germany's Forgotten Chip Grandfathers], Der Spiegel,17 Apr. 2008,,1518,547455,00.html .
13. E. Aisberg, "Transistor =Transistron? La Technique française n'abandonne pas!" [Transistor =Transistron? French Technology Does Not Give Up!], Toute la Radio, July 1949.
14. A.J. Botelho, "The Industrial Policy that Never Was: French Semiconductor Policy 1945–1966," History and Technology, vol. 11, 1994, pp. 165–180.
15. C. Möller, "Deutsche Transistoren," Funk-Technik, vol. 8., no. 21, 1953, pp. 668–669.
16. J. Markoff, "Herbert F. Mataré: An Inventor of the Transistor has his Moment," New York Times,21 Feb. 2003; a-parallel-inventor-of-the-transistor-has-his-moment.html .
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