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CANCELED Public Lecture | The Origins of Silicon Valley: Why and How it Happened

CANCELED Public Lecture | The Origins of Silicon Valley: Why and How it Happened

REGRETTABLY THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELED How did Silicon Valley come into being? And why did it end up where it did? Join Paul Wesling to learn more about these fascinating questions.

The origins of Silicon Valley are complex. It’s a story that includes the sinking of the Titanic, amateur radio operators doing some early disruption of vacuum tube patents, angel investors, a supportive mother, and much, much more.

Paul Wesling will recount the colorful history of device technology development and innovation, beginning in Palo Alto with some Stanford grads and faculty kids, then spreading across the Santa Clara Valley. The range of Silicon Valley’s innovations have expanded over time: analog electronics, digital devices and software, biotech, graphical user interface, Internet, mobile – and today’s technical advances in Big Data, virtual reality, and autonomous transportation. Even today, Silicon Valley’s local organizations and movements continue to play a role in innovation. Just as radio hams and the Homebrew Computer Club were an early part of the innovative environment, we now have Maker Faires, MeetUps, and other entrepreneurial groups where geeks gather to start new companies that invent the future.

Wesling is an IEEE Life Fellow, member of the Silicon Valley Technical History Committee, and a former engineer for several Silicon Valley companies.

Join us at the Sarnoff Collection before the talk for some light refreshments and to tour the museum, including the newly redesigned computer section. We will then move to Education Building, Room 15, for the talk itself.


Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Refreshments and networking: 5:00pm at The Sarnoff Collection, Roscoe West Hall, Room 204

Talk: 6:00pm in Education Building, 15


The Sarnoff Collection
Roscoe West Hall, Room 204
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ, 08628

The Sarnoff Collection is located on the second floor of Roscoe West Hall, at The College of New Jersey and the Education Building is next door. Visitor parking is available at the entrance to Parking Lot 17 and on the circle in front of the Education School.