Morris Chang begins the interview with a discussion of the early forces that shaped his life: war, poverty and social injustice. His life changed when he was 18 and moved to the U.S. for college at Harvard and MIT. After college, Chang joined Sylvania Semiconductor for three years and then Texas Intstruments (TI), where he worked for 25 years and rose to be the head of TI's Integrated Circuits operations. In 1983, Chang left TI to become president and chief operating officer at General Instrument Corporation. After a year at General Instrument, Chang was recruited by the Taiwanese government to spearhead that country's industrial research organization, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). While there, he focused on issues relating to using technology to advance Taiwan's larger social and economic goals. In this capacity, Chang founded Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in 1987.
Fellow Award Honoree; semiconductor history; Chang, Morris; Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI); Integrated circuits; Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC); Silicon foundry; Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)