27 Facts About Robert Noyce


Robert Noyce was credited with the realization of the first monolithic integrated circuit or microchip, which fueled the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name.


Robert Noyce's father graduated from Doane College, Oberlin College, and the Chicago Theological Seminary and was nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship.


Robert Noyce was a graduate of Oberlin College and prior to her marriage, she had dreams of becoming a missionary.


When Robert Noyce was twelve years old in the summer of 1940, he and his brother built a boy-sized aircraft, which they used to fly from the roof of the Grinnell College stables.


Robert Noyce's parents were both religious but Noyce became an agnostic and irreligious in later life.


Robert Noyce graduated from Grinnell High School in 1945 and entered Grinnell College in the fall of that year.


Robert Noyce was the star diver on the 1947 Midwest Conference Championship swim team.


Robert Noyce graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in physics and mathematics in 1949.


Robert Noyce received a single honor from his classmates: the Brown Derby Prize, which recognized "the senior man who earned the best grades with the least amount of work".


Robert Noyce received his doctorate in physics from MIT in 1953.


Robert Noyce left in 1956 to join William Shockley, a co-inventor of the transistor and eventual Nobel Prize winner, at the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory in Mountain View, California.


Robert Noyce left a year later with the "traitorous eight" upon having issues with Shockley's management style, and co-founded the influential Fairchild Semiconductor corporation.


Robert Noyce's design was made of silicon, whereas Kilby's chip was made of germanium.


Robert Noyce: the visionary, born to inspire; Moore: the virtuoso of technology; and Grove: the technologist turned management scientist.


The relaxed culture that Robert Noyce brought to Intel was a carry-over from his style at Fairchild Semiconductor.


Robert Noyce treated employees as family, rewarding and encouraging teamwork.


Robert Noyce shunned fancy corporate cars, reserved parking spaces, private jets, offices, and furnishings in favor of a less-structured, relaxed working environment in which everyone contributed and no one received lavish benefits.


In 1953, Robert Noyce married Elizabeth Bottomley, who was a 1951 graduate of Tufts University.


Robert Noyce would visit during the summer, but he continued working at Intel during the summer.


Robert Noyce was the first Director of Personnel for Intel Corporation and the first Vice President of Human Resources for Apple Inc Robert Noyce currently serves as chair of the Board and the founding trustee of the Noyce Foundation.


Robert Noyce enjoyed reading Hemingway, and he flew his own airplane and participated in hang-gliding and scuba diving.


Robert Noyce believed that microelectronics would continue to advance in complexity and sophistication well beyond its current state; this led to the question of what use society would make of the technology.


Robert Noyce suffered a heart attack at age 62 at home on June 3,1990, and later died at the Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas.


Robert Noyce received the Franklin Institute's Stuart Ballantine Medal in 1966.


Robert Noyce was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1980.


On December 12,2011, Robert Noyce was honored with a Google Doodle celebrating the 84th anniversary of his birth.


The Robert Noyce Foundation was founded in 1990 by his family.