The Transistor Museum Dedicated to Preserving the History of Semiconductors

The Transistor Museum’s tagline is “Dedicated to Preserving the History of the Greatest Invention of the 20th Century,” and it does a pretty good job of it. On this website you’ll find articles on:

  • The First Germanium Hobbyist Transistors
  • Early Transistors at Motorola
  • The First Transistor in Space
  • Norman Krim, the Father of the CK722 Transistor
  • a whole lot more

Like all good museums, they also have a museum store. They sell a couple of books on the early semiconductors as well as some of those transistors themselves. They’re kind of pricey, though. A 2N60 or 2N609, for example, costs $20.


  1. I think those transistors are more for admiring in a display case than experimenting with. The ultimate geek antiques…

  2. Robert Tevault says:

    I have been trying to contact Jack Ward at the Transistor Museum at for over three weeks, but I am not having any luck. I’m trying to see if he still has the UL923 for sale. Any ideas?

    • I’m sorry, but I really don’t have any suggestions other than to just hang in there. I’m sure he’s doing this as a hobby. Perhaps he’s just been out of town and away from e-mail.

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