The Robert Noyce Google Microchip Logo

Today is the 84th birthday of Robert Noyce, “the Mayor of Silicon Valley.” To celebrate his birthday, about 21 years after his passing, Google has a logo for one of the inventors of the microchip, also known as integrated circuit — Robert Noyce.

Robert Noyce founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel in 1968, two companies that are often credited with the creation of the IT industry. He and the microchip fueled the growth of Silicon Valley and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook.

Robert was born today in 1927 in Burlington, Iowa and died at the age of 62 on June 3, 1990 in Austin, Texas. He had four children with his first wife, Elizabeth Bottomley and married his second wife, Ann Schmeltz Bowers on November 27, 1974.

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