Geek Of The Week: Robert Noyce

Geek Of The Week: Robert Noyce

Filling in for Ron this week…

Today is Robert Noyce’s birthday, so its only appropriate for him to be featured as this week’s GOTW. If he were still alive, Noyce would be 84 today. Dubbed “the mayor of Silicon Valley”, he co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957, and Intel in 1968. Noyce is also credited with the invention of the integrated circuit (microchip) which is what gave birth to electronic computing. In addition to being a celebrated figure and role model throughout the industry, he received the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1978, the National Medal of Science in 1979, the National Medal of Technology in 1987, and was inducted in the US Business Hall of Fame in 1989. He also received a lifetime achievement award in 1990 for contributions to the computer industry. Noyce is, without a doubt, Silicon Valley royalty. He is truly worthy of this nomination… and on his 84th birthday… I’m proud to present Robert Noyce, geek of the week.

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avatar KALE: A geek who works in the IT field and lives in Dallas, TX. He is also a music geek who has played in several local bands. Previous to his IT career, Kale worked as a photojournalist. He brings technical advice and artistic counterpoint to the podcast.