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Google logo becomes microchip to honor Robert Noyce | Inferno Development

Google logo becomes microchip to honor Robert Noyce

Google Microchip Robert Noyce

Today, Google.com honors Robert Noyce for his birthday by changing its logo to a microchip. Robert Noyce, co-founder of Intel and one of the inventors of the integrated circuit or microchip. His ideas and inventions are the reason for much of our computer technology advances today.

Robert Noyce, born on Dec. 12, 1927, had graduated with a BA in physics and mathematics, and later received a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He started out as a research engineer at Philco and Shockley corporations. He then left and co-founded the Fairchild Semiconductor corporation in 1957, a company that innovated the integrated circuit and transistors that form the basis of computers today.

Robert improved upon Jack Kilby's invention of the integrated circuit by changing the base material germanium to silicon. Later on he would be known as the mayor of silicon valley for solving the biggest problems in integrated circuits by using silicon.

In 1968, he co-founded the influential Intel corporation. He had a very laid-back and relaxed style of management and refused luxuries and perks that many executives adored during his time (which set precedent for future Intel CEOs). Intel was the first corporation to produce microprocessors successfully. Now Intel, is the manufacturer for most of our computer processors.

Robert died of a heart attack in 1990. Today marks Robert Noyce's 84th birthday.

Since everyone stands on the shoulders of those that came before, Google is honoring Robert Noyce because without him, Google might not have been a reality.

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