Definition of Shockley, William in US English:

Shockley, William

proper noun

  • (1910–89), US physicist, born in Britain; full name William Bradford Shockley. Shockley and his researchers at Bell Laboratories developed the transistor in 1948. He later became a controversial figure because of his views on race and intelligence. Nobel Prize for Physics (1956), shared with John Bardeen and Walter Brattain.


Shockley, William