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The Man behind the Microchip

Leslie Berlin

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195163438
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788569 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163438.001.0001
The Man behind the Microchip

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This book presents the life and times of Robert Noyce, the driving force behind the high-tech revolution. Noyce was the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel and co-invented the integrated circuit. This book paints a portrait of an ambitious and competitive man, a Midwestern preacher's son who rejected organized religion but would counsel his employees to “go off and do something wonderful”. The book's narrative sheds light on Noyce's friends and associates, including some of the best-known managers, venture capitalists, and creative minds in Silicon Valley. It draws upon interviews with key players in modern American business including Andy Grove, Steve Jobs, Gordon Moore, and Warren Buffett; their recollections of Noyce give readers an insight into the world of high-tech entrepreneurship. The book discusses the interplay of technology, business, money, politics, and culture that defines Silicon Valley and also relates the important story of a revolutionary inventor and entrepreneur.

Keywords: Robert Noyce; Fairchild Semiconductor; Intel; integrated circuit; Silicon Valley; Andy Grove; Steve Jobs; Gordon Moore; Warren Buffett; entrepreneurship

Book.  440 pages. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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