Geek Of The Week: Eugene Kleiner

Geek Of The Week: Eugene Kleiner

When you think of pioneers in the field of semiconductors, most geeks think of Robert Noyce (former GOTW) or Gordon Moore (also a former GOTW). Both of these men worked closely with this week’s GOTW, Eugene Kleiner, who is also a well-known figure. Kleiner was born in Austria and his family fled during the Nazi occupation of the late 1930’s. He served in the US Army and attended New York University where he earned a master’s degree in industrial engineering.

In the mid-1950s, Kleiner went to work for Shockley Semiconductor in California, which is where he developed a freindship with coworkers Moore and Noyce. In 1957, Kleiner, Noyce, Moore, and 5 others founded Fairchild Semiconductor (all 8 pictured above with Kleiner circled). He invested in Intel during the 1960s, and started a venture capital firm with Tom Perkins (of HP fame) in the 1970s. Kliener-Perkins has funded numerous technology startups over the last 45 years or so. Alas, Kliener passed away in 2003 at 80 years of age. His contributions to the technology industry will live on for centuries.

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