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James T Nelson ’50

James was born in Portland, Oregon, and served in the navy during World War II, as an electronics technician in the Pacific Theater on the USS Vega. After the war he attended Reed, where he met and married Gem Elizabeth Cressman ’50. James earned a bachelor’s degree in physics, and went on to the University of Oregon, for both a master’s and a doctorate degree in physics. He worked for years at AT&T Bell Labs, as a physicist in transistor development, in the memory diagnostics group, and as a supervisor in reliability physics. James had numerous patents, awards, and published research papers in semiconductor technologies. His children, Patricia and Richard, survive him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2018

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