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Intel's Robert Noyce Remembered
New Exhibit at Intel Museum Dedicated
Jun. 16, 2005 05:00 PM
Robert Noyce, Intel Corporation co-founder and co-inventor of the integrated circuit, was remembered at a ceremony dedicating a new permanent exhibit at the Intel Museum. The exhibit, which highlights his life and career, coincides with the publication of a biography of Noyce.
Speakers included Gordon Moore, who co-founded Intel with Noyce; Andy Grove,
who joined the company shortly after its founding and ultimately served as
chairman; and Craig Barrett, currently chairman of the board. Ann Bowers,
Noyce's widow, also spoke and introduced Leslie Berlin, author of "The Man
Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley."
Comments about Noyce illustrated how his contributions to technology and Silicon Valley live on, even 15 years after his death. The integrated circuit Noyce co-invented is critical to all modern electronics, from computers and dishwashers to pacemakers and televisions. Before founding Intel, he, Moore and six others founded Fairchild Semiconductor, the first successful silicon company in Silicon Valley.
The egalitarian approach he brought to the workplace remains
steadfastly in place - all employees, including the CEO, have cubicles for
offices and circle the parking lot seeking the best parking spot. In addition,
education was a major concern for Noyce; today Intel invests nearly $100 million
annually in education.
Noyce's technical legacy lives on at the company as well. Intel secured more than 1,600 U.S. patents in 2004 and recently developed new technology such as the first continuous all-silicon laser, which could lead to more affordable medical lasers. On the business front, Intel's investment arm - Intel Capital - has invested more than $4 billion in more than 1,000 information technology companies in approximately 30 countries since 1991.
Noyce's scientific prowess and business acumen are as legendary as his exploits on the ski slopes and flying his airplanes. When he died in 1990 at the age of 62, he left behind a strong legacy for innovation in his deeds and in these words: "Don't be encumbered by history. Go off and do something wonderful."
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