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Rapid Robert

Leslie Berlin

in The Man behind the Microchip

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195163438
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788569 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163438.003.0003
 Rapid Robert

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This chapter recounts Robert Noyce's life at MIT, his marriage to Betty Bottomley, his dissertation, and his job at Philco, a Philadelphia-based manufacturer of radios and televisions. Noyce entered MIT at a distinct educational as well as financial disadvantage relative to many of his classmates. But after the first difficult weeks spent cramming new information into his head, Noyce began to settle in and eventually passed every course he took at MIT with honors. He developed little timesavers and this enabled him to solve mathematical problems faster than almost anyone else, earning him the nickname “Rapid Robert”.

Keywords: Robert Noyce; MIT; physics; Philco; Betty Bottomley

Chapter.  12264 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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