Google doodles Robert Noyce’s 84th

The “mayor” of Silicon Valley and co-inventor of the integrated circuit
Darren Allan

December 12, 2011
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Google has implemented another doodle rather swiftly after Thursday’s celebration of Diego Rivera’s anniversary.

We can expect December to be a pretty busy doodling month, with of course the obligatory Christmas and new year doodles to come towards the end of the month.

Today’s sketch is in celebration of the 84th anniversary of Robert Noyce who was known as the “mayor” of Silicon Valley.

Noyce was the co-inventor of the integrated circuit or microchip, and was the co-founder of Intel in 1968. Before Intel, he co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 as the seed of the area which would eventually become the famous valley.

Even as a child, Noyce was a keen inventor, apparently building a radio from scratch and giving his sled a bit more oomph using an engine stripped from a washing machine and a propeller.

He had a mischievous side and got expelled from his college for a term when he stole a pig for the luau, even though he confessed his deed to the farmer and offered to pay for the animal afterwards, before it was discovered it had gone missing.

In 1959 he patented the semi-conductor integrated circuit at Fairchild, before guiding Ted Hoff’s creation, the first microprocessor at Intel (which celebrated its 40th anniversary last month).

Noyce was also famous for introducing a relaxed working atmosphere into the companies he worked at, believing you could get the best out of people by giving them more freedom rather than hard and fast rules.

Noyce was born on this day in 1927, and sadly passed away in 1990, only managing to live until the age of 62. He died of a heart attack.


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