This Day in History
June 3, 1990
Integrated Circuit Inventor Noyce Dies
Robert Noyce, co-founder of Intel Corp. and co-inventor of the semiconductor, dies of a heart attack at age 62. In 1959, Noyce and Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments, working separately, developed the integrated circuit, which allowed the power of computers to increase dramatically. Noyce went on to found Intel with Gordon Moore and Andy Grove, helping lead the company to dominance in the semiconductor industry. Born in Burlington, Iowa, Noyce earned degrees from Grinnell College and MIT before working at Philco Corp., the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, and Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., where he developed the integrated circuit.