Microchip Inventor and Intel Co-Founder Robert Noyce Stars in Today's Google Doodle

By Gary Cutlack on at

The ever-popular Google Doodle is today celebrating the life of Robert Noyce, the co-founder of Intel and a man with a good claim on having played a big part in inventing the microchip.

Noyce set up Intel with Gordon Moore in 1968, after successfully running the Fairchild Semiconductor corporation for the previous decade. His key tech patent was 1959's "Semiconductor Device and Lead Structure" -- the forerunner of the thing that makes our internet and telephones work so well today.

His name lives on through the Noyce Foundation, which aims to help kids get excited about nerdy maths and science pursuits. Noyce would've turned 84 today. [Google via Telegraph]