Valley’s Birthplace Haunted by Nobel Laureate’s Dark Past

Daniel DeBolt, Mountain View Voice, June 22, 2012

Physicist William Shockley may have introduced silicon to the valley, but efforts to save his former lab building in Mountain View have been stifled by Shockley’s controversial views on race and intelligence.

Developer Merlone Geier is offering to buy Shockley’s former lab building at 391 San Antonio Road—currently housing the International Halal Market—to expand a major redevelopment next door. The owner’s unwillingness to sell seems to be all that stands in the way of scraping a site acknowledged as the birthplace of Silicon Valley.

Proposals made by former employees of Shockley to preserve the cinderblock building as a silicon museum or designate it a city or state historic landmark were passed up by officials in the 1980s and 1990s.

Jacques Beaudouin, a Mountain View resident who once worked for Shockley at 391 San Antonio Road, said at least one of the mayors he spoke with raised concerns over Shockley’s beliefs, and he says others probably also shared the concern but never said so.

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Beaudouin said he began working to save 391 San Antonio Road in 1987. When the city was celebrating its 75th anniversary, he saw that officials were making many claims about the city, but not birthplace of Silicon Valley. He says he began speaking to some city officials until he was “blue in the face,” about Shockley and his lab at 391 San Antonio Road, but got nowhere.

Finally, during her term as mayor in 1998, the late Rosemary Stasek had a plaque installed in the sidewalk declaring Shockley’s lab the birthplace of Silicon Valley, which Beaudouin co-wrote with another former Shockley employee, Hans Queisser.

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Beaudouin says the building now used by Halal International Market at 391 San Antonio Road is the same one used by Shockley’s team from 1956-1961 before moving to Page Mill Road in Palo Alto. Only the front facade has been changed.

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Shockley shared a Nobel prize in 1956 for the invention of the transistor but reportedly said his work in eugenics in the last three decades of his life was the most important thing he’d done. He wrote a book called “Shockley on Eugenics,” about the discredited ideas of genetic and racial superiority espoused by Nazis and some American elite in the early 20th century, but well debunked by Shockley’s day.

Shockley once proposed that those with an IQ of less than 100 be paid $1,000 for every point below 100 to not have children, claiming the large proportion of children born to those with a low IQ was causing a reverse evolution. He claimed that intelligence formed along racial lines, and races with higher IQs were more advanced. He denied he was a racist, a term he claimed was an “epithet” meant to hurt his self esteem in a TV interview in 1974.

“The major cause of the American negro’s intellectual and social deficits is hereditary and racially genetic in origin, and thus not remediable to a major degree by practical improvements in the environment,” he said in the 1974 interview, which can be seen on Youtube.

Perhaps his most controversial quote came in 1982 when he was asked if his views amounted to racism. He reportedly said “If you found a breed of dog that was unreliable and temperamental, why shouldn’t you regard it in a less favorable light?”

People reportedly picketed whenever Shockley spoke publicly. In 1989 he died at Stanford, where he taught electrical engineering. No funeral was held.

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“I’m not a Shockley fan, they don’t get anymore racist than him,” said City Council member Laura Macias.

Macias said she would be willing to commemorate the building’s history, but not Shockley himself.

Beaudouin showed drawings of a historical display that was to be installed years ago at the San Antonio shopping center. Large steel wafers stick out of the ground, one of which says “Birthplace of Silicon Valley” and has a display titled “The William Shockley story.”

Beaudouin says the proposal never went anywhere and he was never told why.

In 2009 officials in Auburn, Calif. faced a similar dilemma when Shockley’s widow left 28 acres for a park to be named after Shockley, sparking public outcry.

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  • Jared Taylor could invent the cure for all cancers, and Official America wouldn’t want it.

    • JackKrak

      Other side of the same coin – Jesse Jackson can be a full-time idiot but Official America will still be praising him long after he’s gone.

      •  Did you hear?  Jesse Jackson Junior is “sick,” aka the Feds are about to string him up.  This should be fun, buckle up.

  • alastairabbacle

    It is never concern over reality, it is always concern over belief.

    “One of the mayors he spoke with raised concerns over Shockley’s beliefs, and he says others probably also shared the concern but never said so.”

    The War on Reality continues…..

    • Michael C. Scott

      “Concern over his beliefs”?!?

      The man is dead.  How are his beliefs in any way relevant to his having founded an industry that enormously benefitted California and everyone in it?

      What a minute; according to the left, it does not matter whether a chicken lays eggs; only whether the chicken is red.  My bad.  Nevermind.
       

  • holyflower

    “Shockley once proposed that those with an IQ of less than 100 be paid $1,000 for every point below 100 to not have children, claiming the large proportion of children born to those with a low IQ was causing a reverse evolution.”

    ===

    Shockley’s proposal falls under the category of ” negative eugenics,” that is, attempts discourage the most irresponsible, the sickest in terms of genetic diseases, and the least able from reproducing.  UK Professor Richard Lynn elaborates on Shockley’s proposal in  2012 American Renaissance lecture:

    “William Shockley . . . a famous Nobel Prize winner for physics turned eugenicist suggested a modification of this [compulsory sterilization] proposal . . . that we could offer financial incentives to those with low IQs below 100 to be sterilized.   So someone with an IQ of 99 could have $1000 and someone with an IQ of 70 could have $30,000 . . . But it’s not proposal which was taken up.”
    Other examples, of “negative eugenics” would be restricting immigration and repatriation of illegal aliens. 

    All “negative eugenics” policies — as well as all “positive eugenics” policies, such encouraging the most able and most responsible to reproduce, are very difficult to achieve politically in modern democratic societies.

    That’s why Lynn sees the hope for continued civilization in authoritarian, oligarchic China.  Western democratic societies cannot alter the dysgenic course on which they have set themselves.  

    • Xanthippe2

      Anyone know what that $1000 would be in today’s dollars?  (It goes without saying it would still be money well spent.)

      • If Ladasha had 14 illegitmate kids and each of those had 14 illegitmate kids you can see how it would save taxpayers money.

        • IstvanIN

          It is spelled La-a.

      • APaige

        The AVERAGE (very much so) black would be paid $15,000. That would buy Laquifa plenty of weaves.

        • Sherman_McCoy

          That should have been coupled to a similar program that would have given every couple with above average IQs $1000 for each point over 100.

  • Xanthippe2

    I believe there is still a very large photo of him in the Sunnyvale Fry’s?

  • “Shockley once proposed that those with an IQ of less than 100 be paid $1,000 for every point below 100 to not have children”
    With pure africans having an avg IQ of 70 , $30k would be a lot of money back then

  • mikejones91

    Who cares what he thought, remember what he did/gave/introduced. If we were to stigmatize ALL significant historical figures (In America) there would be NOTHING to remember. Hint Hint…

  • holyflower

    Francis Crick, James Watson and William Shockley ALL collided with the U. S. scientific establishment on race and eugenics. 

    James Watson’s more recent widely-publicized collision with the establishment is better known:

    Fury at DNA pioneer’s theory: Africans are less intelligent than WesternersCelebrated scientist attacked for race comments: “All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really” THE INDEPENDENT [Highlights]October 17, 2007By Cahal Milmo http://tinyurl.com/2lkg5bWATSON: PROSPECTS FOR AFRICA ARE “INHERENTLY GLOOMY”: “All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours —  whereas all the testing says not really.”  People want all human beings to be equal but “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.” IDEA THAT ALL ETHNIC GROUPS HAVE THE SAME AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE IS “DELUSIONAL”:  “There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so.” 

    But his co-discoverer of the DNA Francis Crick also fought the National Academy of Sciences to have Shockley’s ideas (more palatable represented by Harvard’s Arthur Jensen)  not be suppressed.

    Steve Sailer has compiled an illuminating exchange of letters between Crick and an establishment figure:

    IQ-Race Crimethink Alert! Francis Crick, James Watson’s DNA partner, also guilty Steve Sailer’s Isteve Blog Saturday, January 12, 2008 http://tinyurl.com/yqvrvf 

    • ‘Francis Crick, James Watson and William Shockley ALL collided with the U. S. scientific establishment on race and eugenics.’

      Don’t forget Dr. William Luther Pierce, who was a physics professor at one time!

      All of these guys CAN NOT be wrong!

  • Detroit_WASP

    Shockley is a hero.  He had concrete reasons for his views.  Liberals have hopes to support their views. 

    Shockley believed what I believe about race.  Another Nobel Prize winner, Dr. James Watson believes what I believe about race.  Hell, I’d say I’m in pretty good company! 

    You leftist liberals call me “racist” as if it were a bad thing! 

    Blacks destroy and yet they are not the bad ones for destroying.  I am the bad one for noticing they are black.  And you liberals think that is… “smart” and open-minded?  Do tell!

    I think a  civilized eugenics program is the ONLY way to save mankind.

  • This is what will happen to the Thomas Jefferson and Washington Memorials within 50 years of whites becoming a minority.

    “Macias said she would be willing to commemorate the building’s history, but not Shockley himself.”

    Um, Ms. Macias, the only historical significance of the building is what Shockly and his team did inside of it.

    Perhaps Beaudouin or someone else can set up a non-profit trust or private foundation (that can legally hide its members and/or donors), and then the foundation can buy the building, make a plaque that honors the man and his contributions, and rent it out to whomever they want….

  • htsone

    One of, if not THE MOST important invention of our time, and its inventor is stigmatized because his view is contrary to the ruling class of today. And yet … A “man” like MLK gets a holiday, parades and reverence for???

  • KenelmDigby

    So the building where, basically, the 21st century was invented is now the ‘International Halal Market’.

    That just about says it all. Nothing I could ever write or pontificate about could ever sum up the west’s plight more succinctly than that.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

       Exactly my thoughts as I read that line.

      “Dark past”?  It’s the dark present and even darker future we should be worried about!

  • Eduardusjacobus

    It always amazes me how ignorant people can ignore the truth right in front of their faces if it conflicts with what others tell them is right or wrong, that is politically correct.

  • curri

    Alleged blunder (?)  by Prof.  Rushton:
    http://entitledtoanopinion.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/rushton-is-the-spengler-of-race-realism/ 

    AFAIK, he hasn’t responded to this small scale furor. 

  • Shockley was right & wrong, simultaneously.
    Of course, Blacks, as a race, are behind Whites re IQ. BUT, many East Asians are ahead. And I don’t give a hoot about that- I would always choose (not personally, but if forced to deal with groups) Whites over Asians simply because they are, phenotypically, my tribe- or, if you wish a cynical quote, “my people”.

    IQ is good, but not such a great stuff because we cannot, reliably, ascertain other psychological factors that lead to originality & achievement. Besides- who says that a high IQ person would automatically “procreate” with other high IQs. People don’t fall in love or decide to live their lives with other persons based on IQ; also, some people like children & parenting- some not, regardless of their IQ.

    So, IMO, Shockley was right about IQ and race, but wrong about eugenics program and dead wrong about human nature.

    • patriotdad76

      Asians have a slightly higher average IQ, but they have a narrower distribution.

      So fewer dummies, but fewer geniuses.

      And if you consider creative intelligence, well think about the art, music, inventions, and cultural diversity and greatness of Europe.

      Compare that with China or Japan. Almost everything manufactured in China today was invented in Europe or America. And what few innovations they have made were incremental in nature – not fundamental.

      • I know this, but: even if Pythagoras, Plato, Caesar, Dante, Michelangelo, Newton, Bach, Tolstoy, Lavoisier, Boole, Shakespeare, Mendeleyev, Einstein, Whitman,…had all been Chinese, Hindu Indians or Japanese, I would still prefer Whites since they’re, visually, my tribe. 

  • Stalin also apparently believed in the usefulness of dysgenics:

    ‘Stalin’s Army Of Mutant Ape-Men’
    http://news.sky.com/story/394029/stalins-army-of-mutant-ape-men

    Alot of weird stuff went on the USSR…. I am glad I am of German Heritage!

  • Ringer

    It definitely dwindles the numbers.  When WASPS are fighting other tribes (economically or with true bellicosity) refusing to pull together will result in marginalization at best, if not complete genocide.  I know many whites who still adhere to espousing rugged individualism (with distaste for costly children and grandchildren) while we are in a stilted, rigged battle with divide and conquer anti-white nationalists. 

  • SLCain

    “Beaudouin says the building now used by Halal International Market at
    391 San Antonio Road is the same one used by Shockley’s team from
    1956-1961…”

    The building in question is now a Halal market, catering to muslim invaders.   That is it’s true importance in American history.  We no longer have a nation.  Soon, we will no longer have a history.