Google's Doodle commemorates Robert Noyce's 84th birthday

Robert Noyce would have turned 84 today, and Google decided to give him a posthumous birthday present in the form of one of their famous Doodles.  Considered one of the inventors of the microchip, Noyce was nicknamed the “Mayor of Silicon Valley”.  Noyce co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and then left to co-found Intel with Gordon Moore in 1968.  The Christian Science Monitor has an interesting article on how he could have won a Nobel Prize on two separate occasions, but didn’t.  Another article from the same publication details how Steve Jobs felt about Noyce:

“Bob Noyce took me under his wing,” Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs explains. “I was young, in my twenties. He was in his early fifties. He tried to give me the lay of the land, give me a perspective that I could only partially understand.” Jobs continues, “You can’t really understand what is going on now unless you understand what came before.”

Robert Noyce passed away in 1990.