Noyce, along with Jack Kilby, is the inventor of the microchip. He is also the co-founder of the most famous chipmaker of all time, Intel.
Nicknamed the 'Mayor of Silicon Valley', he could more appropriately be called the 'Father of the Computer Age'. His invention allowed personal computers to be small enough to become, well, personal.
In today’s age of the internet, smart phones and tablets that are as slim as biscuits yet perform almost as well as Desktops - we can really see the revolution the microchip has brought into all of our lives.
The Doodle of the day, the Google logo etched in a microchip, is a tribute to the reason for all of us being here.
Robert Noyce was born on December 12, 1927. A gifted student, Noyce completed his Ph.D in Physics from MIT in 1953. It was during his under graduation that he saw the very first transistors, created by Bell Laboratories, and was hooked for life.
He went to work in various research facilities before founding the Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation in 1957, an influential place that was the precursor to Intel. It was here that he invented the integrated chip (what we loosely call the microchip). It was a piece of silicon which had transistors etched into it, a concept that dramatically reduced the size of computers.
In 1968, along with Gordon E. Moore he founded Intel. It was in Intel that he oversaw the invention of the microprocessor by Ted Hoff. That type of processor still drives most of our devices to this day.
Noyce was also famous for his laidback style of working. He was casual and simple, preferring to just get the job done rather than parade himself in the trappings of a fancy CEO. That attitude trickled down into Intel and other companies in Silicon Valley. In time, it has become almost the default operating style for computer and digital company leaders
Noyce died in 1990 at the age of 62.
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