Robert Noyce

220px-Noyce1Robert Norton Noyce (American; December 12, 1927 – June 3, 1990) He co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel in 1968. He is also credited (along with Jack Kilby) with the invention of the integrated circuit or microchip although Kilby’s invention was 6 months earlier. After graduating from MIT in 1948 he went to work for an electronics company named Philco making transistors. He left there to work for William Shockley’s company, Shockley Semiconductor. Disagreements with Shockley caused Noyce and seven other young researchers to leave and found Fairchild Semiconductor. While there he developed an integrated circuit similar to Jack Kilby’s invention. He left in 1968 with Gordon Moore and co-founded Intel. While at Intel he oversaw Ted Hoff’s invention of the microprocessor, which was the integration of not just many transistors, but most of the main circuits of a modern computing device. His casual style gave coworkers and employees the freedom to develop the technology based on their talents, and in many ways defined the Silicon Valley working style. Read more…

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