Morgan Sparks, who helped make the transistor a reality, passed away this week at his daughter's home. He was 91.
Sparks' death was confirmed by the Sandia National Laboratories , where Sparks served as director.
While Sparks wasn't directly involved in the invention of the transistor at Bell Labs , he joined the group led by William Shockley, who invented the transistor along with John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain.
Sparks was credited, however, with building the first "practical" transistor, taking the theoretical concept and turning it into an actual device. Sparks helped or created most of the so-called junction transistors, developing the necessary crystals. Transistors, of course, are the foundation of the integrated circuit, the basis of all computer chips today.
Sparks worked at Bell Labs for 30 years, eventually moving to Sandia National Laboratories, where he served as Sandia Labs director from 1972 until his retirement in 1981.
"Morgan was president when I was a young staff member at Sandia," according to a statement released by Tom Hunter, the current director of the Sandia National Labs. "He set the framework for Sandia to become a multiprogram lab. He was widely recognized for his ability to engage the Labs in many new areas that proved to be important for our future. He was also a great supporter of the country and the University of New Mexico. He made a big impact on all of us. I spent some time with him at the Nevada Test Site in the early '70s. He was a credit to the lab and, true to our mission, provided exceptional service to the nation."
god bless him coz withour him we probably would not ave had computers