“Optimism is an essential ingredient of innovation. How else can the individual welcome change over security, adventure over staying in safe places?”
— ROBERT NOYCE, “co-inventor of the integrated circuit”
Google’s homepage logo Monday is emblazoned upon a microprocessor to celebrate what would have been the 84th birthday of the late Robert “Bob” Noyce, the father of the microchip who co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel and earned the moniker “mayor of Silicon Valley.”
In 1959, Noyce and Jack Kilby invented the “first practical integrated circuit,” as Leslie Berlin wrote in “The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley.” Nearly a decade later, Noyce and Gordon Moore, his Fairchild co-founder, launched Intel, reshaping the future of computing.
The Doodle, which Google patented this year, also honors an inventor who holds more than a dozen patents, including the one for the“Semiconductor Device-and-Lead Structure.”
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