Over 60 years ago, when much of Mountain View was still a landscape of orchards and pastureland, a small industrial shop off San Antonio Road developed the modern semiconductor. The research laid the foundation for the tech revolution and enshrined the area as a hotbed for innovation.
Today the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory is considered the crucible of Silicon Valley, its former employees founding a string of other companies today valued at more than $2 trillion.
On Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 15, the Computer History Museum will commemorate the Shockley labs in an event headlined "Celebrating the Birthplace of Silicon Valley." James Gibbons, former dean of engineering at Stanford University, will give a talk on the small firm's immense influence and his personal experience collaborating with the Shockley team.
The actual lab building was demolished last year as part of the second development phase of San Antonio Shopping Center. To mark the location's significance, San Antonio Shopping Center developer Merlone Geier commissioned a series of sculptures of early semiconductors and silicon crystals. Plaques at the site explain the site's history and impact.
The event, which includes tours and refreshments, starts at 3 p.m. at 2585 California St., Mountain View.
More information can be found at the Computer History Museum's events page