|ROBERT NOYCE GOOGLE DOODLE: tribute to Intel co-founder and ‘mayor of Silicon Valley’|
TODAY, SILICON VALLEY salutes its very own mayor. And rarely does Google’s tribute “Doodle” strike quite so close to home.
Google’s homepage logo Monday is emblazoned upon a microprocessor to celebrate what would have been the 84th birthday of the late Robert “Bob” Noyce, the father of the microchip who co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel and earned the moniker “mayor of Silicon Valley.”
In 1959, Noyce and Jack Kilby invented the “first practical integrated circuit,” as Leslie Berlin wrote in “The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley.” Nearly a decade later, Noyce and Gordon Moore, his Fairchild co-founder, launched Intel, reshaping the future of computing.
The Doodle, which Google patented this year, also honors an inventor who holds more than a dozen patents, including the one for the“Semiconductor Device-and-Lead Structure.”
Noyce also figures prominently this year in Walter Isaacson’s current bestseller “Steve Jobs,” which characterizes Noyce as being like a professional father figure to the Apple co-founder, who died in October.
By the time Noyce himself died in 1990, at age 62, he was one of the towering figures in the computing revolution.