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Published: 13 November 2006

440 Pages | 50 halftones

6 x 8-7/8 inches

ISBN: 9780195311990

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The Man Behind the Microchip

Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley

Leslie Berlin

Here is a vivid biography of Robert Noyce, the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, and co-inventor of the integrated circuit, the electronic heart of every modern computer, cellular telephone, and video game. With access to never-before-seen documents, Berlin paints a fascinating portrait of Noyce: an ambitious and intensely competitive multimillionaire who exuded a "just folks" sort of charm, a Midwestern preacher's son who rejected organized religion but would counsel his employees to "go off and do something wonderful," a man who never looked back and sometimes paid a price for it. In addition, this engaging narrative sheds light on Noyce's friends and associates, including some of the best-known managers, venture capitalists, and creative minds in Silicon Valley.

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