Robert Noyce, Statesman of Silicon Valley
- Meet Intel's co-founder and the co-inventor of the integrated circuit
"Optimism is an essential ingredient of innovation. How else can the individual welcome change over security, adventure over staying in safe places?"
Technologist, entrepreneur, and industry leader
As a technologist, Bob Noyce was the co-inventor of the integrated circuit and held numerous patents. As an entrepreneur, he was a co-founder of both Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel Corporation. Dozens of technology companies stemmed from Shockley Semiconductor, Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel corporation, companies where Noyce left his unique and indelible mark.
As an industry statesman, he helped found the Semiconductor Industry Association, was a Regent of the University of California, served on the President's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, and was the first Chief Executive Officer of SEMATECH.
Man of many interests
Those who knew Bob knew another side—a man who found fulfillment beyond his public stature and acclaim. He flew planes, sang madrigals, and skied treacherous slopes. He was a tinkerer, an athlete, a husband and father, and a true visionary. To honor this unique legacy, his family created the Robert Noyce Foundation.
At the Intel Museum: "Robert Noyce, A Life Celebrated"
Learn more about the life of Robert Noyce at the Intel Museum’s permanent exhibit, "Robert Noyce, A Life Celebrated," located in Intel’s Robert Noyce Building, Santa Clara, California.
Explore other online exhibits
If you can’t make it to the Intel Museum, you can still enjoy a tour of Intel history with these online versions of the exhibits.
Robert Noyce biography
Read Leslie Berlin's biography about Robert Noyce. The Man Behind the Microchip.
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