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Robert Noyce, Statesman of Silicon Valley

Robert Noyce

  • Meet Intel's co-founder and the co-inventor of the integrated circuit

"Optimism is an essential ingredient of innovation. How else can the individual welcome change over security, adventure over staying in safe places?"

--Robert Noyce

Technologist, entrepreneur, and industry leader

As a technologist, Bob Noyce was the co-inventor of the integrated circuit and held numerous patents. As an entrepreneur, he was a co-founder of both Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel Corporation. Dozens of technology companies stemmed from Shockley Semiconductor, Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel corporation, companies where Noyce left his unique and indelible mark.

As an industry statesman, he helped found the Semiconductor Industry Association, was a Regent of the University of California, served on the President's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, and was the first Chief Executive Officer of SEMATECH.

Man of many interests

Those who knew Bob knew another side—a man who found fulfillment beyond his public stature and acclaim. He flew planes, sang madrigals, and skied treacherous slopes. He was a tinkerer, an athlete, a husband and father, and a true visionary. To honor this unique legacy, his family created the Robert Noyce Foundation.

Timeline showing Robert Noyces life and activities from 1927 to 1990


Robert Noyce accepting an award from President Carter

At the Intel Museum: "Robert Noyce, A Life Celebrated"

Learn more about the life of Robert Noyce at the Intel Museum’s permanent exhibit, "Robert Noyce, A Life Celebrated," located in Intel’s Robert Noyce Building, Santa Clara, California.

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Explore other online exhibits

If you can’t make it to the Intel Museum, you can still enjoy a tour of Intel history with these online versions of the exhibits.

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Moore's Law

Meet Intel’s other co-founder and see how his bold prediction set the pace for ongoing innovation.

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Making silicon chips

From purified silicon to technology that powers your everyday life, discover the making of silicon chips—the most complex devices ever manufactured.

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The Intel® 4004 chip

Get the story behind Intel’s first microprocessor, and learn how it changed the course of technology and the world.

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Robert Noyce biography

Read Leslie Berlin's biography about Robert Noyce. The Man Behind the Microchip.

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From the archive

Interviews and images of Robert Noyce.

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Learn More About Intel History

Explore the events that made news and advanced the world of technology.

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Intel Annual Reports and Anniversary Publications

Relive the Intel journey that started in 1968.

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Talk the Talk

Terms used everyday at Intel

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