MERRYMAN, JERRY DALE. 1932-2019. Collection of notes and technical drawings related to the invention of the hand-held calculator and other projects.

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MERRYMAN, JERRY DALE. 1932-2019.
Collection of notes and technical drawings related to the invention of the hand-held calculator and other projects.

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MERRYMAN, JERRY DALE. 1932-2019.
Collection of notes and technical drawings related to the invention of the hand-held calculator and other projects.

Jerry Merryman, who spent much of his professional career with electronics giant Texas Instruments, had a fascination with electronics from a young age. He became his small town's radio repairman by age 11. He spent a couple of years at Texas A&M University, but hadn't remained long enough to graduate. He joined TI in 1963 in the Semiconductor Research and Development department. He had sufficiently proven his abilities by 1965 when the deputy department director Jack Kilby, who would go on to be awarded the Nobel prize for his development of the integrated circuit, handed Merryman the lead in designing a hand-held calculator, a device that would go on to change the course of electronics - as well as the world as we know it.
The present archive includes much on the digital hand-held calculator but also material on a number of other of Merryman's project at Texas Instruments and on his own. A fascinating look into the work of one of the great American electrical engineers.
Former TI colleague Dr. Vernon Porter was quoted on Merryman's passing: "I've known hundreds of scientists, professors, Nobel prize-winners and so on. Jerry Merryman was the most brilliant man that I've ever met. Period. Absolutely, outstandingly brilliant."
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