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Handwritten notes and notebook page copies

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These items were found in a folder stored next to Noyce patent notebook #8.


ca. 1960


Noyce, Robert N. (Robert Norton)

Biographical Notes

Robert (Bob) Norton Noyce was born in Burlington, Iowa, in 1927 and grew up in Grinnell, Iowa. He received a B.A. in physics and mathematics from Grinnell College in 1949 and a Ph.D. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953. William Shockley hired him from Philco Corporation to work at Shockley Semiconductor Laboratories in 1956. With eight other employees he left to found Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation in 1957. As general manager of the Fairchild semiconductor operation and a vice president of Fairchild Camera and Instrument, he presided over a decade of innovation in semiconductor technology including seminal patents that employed the planar process invented by his colleague Jean Hoerni to create the first planar integrated circuit. In 1968 Noyce co-founded Intel Corporation with Gordon Moore where he served as President until 1975 when he became Chairman of the Board. He spent much of his later career working to improve the international competitiveness of American industry, including founding and serving as chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association. In 1988 Noyce took charge of Sematech, a consortium of semiconductor manufacturers working together and with the United States government. Noyce received numerous awards and honors including the National Medal of Science and would have been a candidate for the 2000 Nobel Prize with Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments, but he died in 1990.



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Fairchild Semiconductor notebooks and technical papers


The author made numerous speeches at conferences and other venues during his tenure at Fairchild; following are identified published documents:

Hoerni, J. A. and Noyce, R. N., PN(pi)N switches. IRE Wescon Convention Record. (1958-08): 172-175.

Noyce, R. N., Future trends in semiconductors. Speech given on 1961-05-22.

Noyce, R., Putting integrated electronics to work. 1968 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference: Digest of Technical Papers. vol. XI (1968): 29.


Gift of Texas Instruments Incorporated

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102722911 Noyce patent notebook (#8)