We have posted a number of historical narratives about Si chemistry, both as the abstract and the paper. They were originally presented at the 34th Organosilicon Symposium held in May 2001 in White Plains, NY.
Yellow Fever: The Discovery of Germasilenes, a Personal Retrospective, Kim M. Baines
The Si=C Story: How It Happened, Adrian G. Brook
Direct Synthesis of Tris(dimethylamino)silane, William B. Herdle
The Discovery of Silane Coupling Agents, Bernard Kanner
The Discovery of Silicone Surfactants for Polyurethane Foam, Bernard Kanner
Discovery of Methylchlorosilylene (CH3SiCl) as a Key Intermediate in the Direct Synthesis of Dimethylchlorosilane, ((CH3)2SiCl2), Kenrick M. Lewis
The First Platinum-Catalyzed Hydrosilylation with Supported Platinum Catalysts, George H. Wagner
The Discovery of Stable Disilenes and Silylenes, Robert West
Discovery of Tin and Phosphorus Effects on the Direct Synthesis of Methylchlorosilanes, Larry H. Wood
A brief history of the Silicon Symposium which Bob West wrote for the 45th Si Symposium in Lubbock may be found here.
A list of the past Si Symposia which includes the names of the Kipping Award winners may be found here.