Robert Norton Noyce (December 12, 1927 – June 3, 1990), nicknamed "the Mayor of Silicon Valley", co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel in 1968. He is also credited (along with Jack Kilby) with the invention of the integrated circuit or microchip.
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- Innovation is everything. When you're on the forefront, you can see what the next innovation needs to be. When you're behind, you have to spend your energy catching up.
- as quoted by James W. Botkin, Dan Dimancescu, Ray Stata (1984). The innovators: rediscovering America's creative energy. Harper & Row. p. 165. ISBN 0060152850.