transistors by dunking the amplifier of a record player in hot oil. The commercial silicon transistor was a milestone in the growth of TI and the semiconductor industry.
In 1965 Gordon took a two-year leave of absence from TI to become the first director of the Institute of Materials Research in the National Bureau of Standards. Afterwards he returned to TI and served as vice president and chief scientist for corporate development until his retirement in 1972.
Gordon received many awards and honors for his accomplishments. The Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Institute named him Inventor of the Year for 1966. Two years later, he received the IEEE Medal of Honor, and a year after that, in 1969, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering “For essential contributions to the development of the semiconductor and electronic industries.” The American Chemical Society honored him with its Award for Creative Invention in 1970, and in 1984, he received the IEEE Centennial Award.
Gordon met his future wife, Lyda Louise Smith, while he was an undergraduate at Baylor, and they were married in New York in 1931. Gordon and Lyda had three sons, Robert, Donald, and Stephen. The Teals were active in civic and cultural organizations. Gordon was on the board of directors of the Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art and the Texas Fine Arts Association. His family remembers him for his devotion to them, his loyalty to friends, and his kindness and sense of humor. The world of electronics will remember him for his pioneering contributions to the growth of the semiconductor industry.