Felix Zandman Resistor Invention Napkin

Dr. Felix Zandman, inventor and founder of Vishay Intertechnology Inc., sketched this idea for a Power Metal Strip Resistor on a napkin at the Husker Steak House in Columbus, Nebraska in 1996. The Vishay Power Metal Strip translates the electrical current in a circuit to a voltage that can easily be monitored and tracked. Zandman learned trigonometry and physics from his uncle while hiding from the Nazis in German-occupied Poland. After immigrating to the United States, he formed Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. in 1962 to help manufacture his inventions.
Object Name
napkin, with sketches
overall: 8 in x 4 in; 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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