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Jimmy H.C. Lin papers

 Collection 0169-UA

Dr. Hung Chang "Jimmy" Lin (1919-2009) was a professor in the Electrical Engineering department at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 1968 to 1990. Dr. Lin worked for Westinghouse, RCA, and CBS before his teaching career began. Lin was a prolific inventor -- the most significant of his inventions being the lateral transistor. During his lifetime, he published over 170 papers and registered more than 60 patents. This collection documents Lin's academic and professional career, starting in 1956 with his Ph.D. dissertation from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Other materials include books and articles written by Lin, original patent documents, plaques and certificates of achievement, correspondence, and newsletters. There are also photographs from Lin's induction into the Academia Sinica in Taiwan and several family photos. A preliminary inventory is available.


  • 1956-2011
  • Majority of material found within 1970-2000

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is unprocessed and may require pre-screening before viewing. Please contact the University of Maryland for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


5.00 Linear Feet

Guide to the Jimmy H.C. Lin papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742