Robert Noyce Everyone knows who Bill Gates is, but do you know Robert Noyce? Probably not. More than anyone else, Noyce pioneered the hardware side of the personal computing revolution. He's considered the coinventor of the integrated circuit, the basic technology behind the chips that power all the PCs and consumer electronics we use every day. But Noyce was much more than an inventor; he was an incredibly influential and successful business leader as well, best known as the cofounder of Intel. Few other people have had such success as both an inventor and a manager.
It's unfortunate that the pioneers behind today's technologies aren't nearly as well known as Thomas Edison or the Wright Brothers. Which is why I was especially interested in a new book, The Man Behind the Microchip by Leslie Berlin (Oxford University Press), the first full-scale biography of Noyce and the first book to acknowledge his true importance.
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Lucile Packard Children's Hospital