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Robert Noyce
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    (December 12, 1927-June 3, 1990)
    Born in Burlington, Iowa
    He and Jack Kilby independently invented the integrated circuit
    Co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor (1957) and Intel (1968)
    Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (1983)
    He was suspended from Grinnell College for a semester after stealing a pig from the mayor and roasting it at a luau.
    He sketched out a design for the integrated circuit, then left his notes in a drawer and forgot about them until Kilby and Texas Instruments announced they had built a working prototype, at which point Noyce and Fairchild's lawyers rushed to claim a patent on the concept.
    He smoked two packs of cigarettes a day.
    His first marriage collapsed after his daughter discovered him in bed with an Intel employee (who became his second wife).
    He won the Midwest Conference championship in diving (1948).
    He was nicknamed 'Rapid Robert' for his quick mind.
    He established a relaxed and egalitarian corporate culture at Fairchild and Intel that set the tone for Silicon Valley.
    He was known as 'the Mayor of Silicon Valley,' having served as a mentor for many of its entrepreneurs, notably Steve Jobs.

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