Today’s golden microchip doodle celebrates the 85th birth anniversary of Robert Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit. Also referred to as the “Mayor of Silicon Valley”, he co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel Corporation in 1957 and 1968. The doodle, itself comes in a 'no-frills' appearance, much like the simplicity the man himself embraced in his life. Atop the golden microchip, the word – Google has been engraved.
Noyce exhibited a talent for maths and science, ever since he was a young boy growing up in Grinnell, Iowa. He graduated High School in 1945 and went on to pursue a B.A in physics and math from Grinnell College in 1949. He later went on to get his Ph.D in Physics from MIT in 1953.
Remembering the 'Mayor of Silicon Valley'
Noyce’s first job was of a research engineer at the Philco Corporation, Philadelphia. He later met Gordon Moore at Fairchild Semiconductor and only shortly after, left the firm to start their own business venture, Intel Corporation, in 1968. Noyce developed a very relaxed work culture at Intel and treated employees as family, rewarding them for their efforts and encouraging teamwork. He refused to give into executive perks like corporate cars, private jets, etc and preferred a simpler life. Noyce received many honors and awards – one of them was from President, Ronald Reagan in 1987. The Noyce Foundation was created in 1991 by his family to improve the public education in mathematics and science.