Robert Norton Noyce (deceased 1990)

Engineer, Scientist and Inventor of

"Semiconductor Device - and - Lead Structure"

i.e., the Integrated Circuit. Held 16 Patents

Co-founder and Former President of Intel Corporation.

Robert Norton Noyce, scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur, was born on December 12, 1927, in Burlington, Iowa. He received a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Grinnell College in 1949 and a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953.

On April 25, 1960, Dr. Noyce was granted a patent for his invention of a ``Semiconductor Device-and-Lead Structure'' -- an integrated circuit. This discovery made the microchip possible and launched the modern electronics revolution.

For his scientific achievements he received the National Medal of Science from President Carter in 1980, the National Medal of Technology from President Reagan in 1987, and the Charles Draper Prize of the National Academy of Engineering in 1990. Grinnell College's computer center was named in his honor in 1984.

Dr. Noyce was co-founder and president of Intel Corporation. In 1988, he was appointed chief executive of Sematech, a consortium linking goverment and private electronic manufacturers. He also served for many years as a trustee of Grinnell College and as chair of the Board of Trustees.

Robert N. Noyce died on June 3, 1990, in Austin, Texas, at the age of 62.


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The Robert N. Noyce Senior Student Award is presented annually to the senior student who, in the judgement of the Selection Committee, has made the greatest contribution to the use of computer-based technology while a Grinnell student. It recognizes not only individual accomplishment but the breadth and depth of the student's contribution.