I'm with you entirely on the importance of the triode. And as you no doubt know, but some in the US might not, it is aptly named "valve," in English and other languages. Because that's exactly what it is and why it was so transformational.
I wasn't aware that the electronic tube was also invented there. I think that predates any reference to "silicon," as in "Silicon Valley," eh?
HI Brian. A year so so ago I put together a presentation on the history of electronics for a course I was doing. I had the triode as being invented in 1907. However the wording on the plaque gives 1911-13 as the years when it was put to practical use in amps and oscillators.
One of my slides made the point that the ICs of today contain a billion or more transistors in a small fraction of the size of a tube. And these days there would be engineers who use these things who don't even know about tubes. We've come a long way....
David, great minds think alike. This post actually started out as a celebration of the century-mark of the De Forest work, focusing on the fact that this amazing place has a crappy little historical marker buried in the flowers outside.
I'd like somehow to tie it to you guys... maybe a degrees-of-separation thing... what you're working on today is related to this which was related to that which was a direct descendant of the tube.
"...gave birth to the invention of the three-element radio vacuum tube 100 years ago this year."
That, in my opinion, is something worth celebrating. The triode marked the beginning of electronics as we know it. How about an EETimes campaign to get this event properly recognised, Brian?
Nice blog Brian. Indeed, there are some rare historical treasures in that square mile. It may be difficult to preserve such treasures in a residential area, but thanks for your words that help spread the memory.