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The Man behind the MicrochipRobert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley$
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Leslie Berlin

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195163438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163438.001.0001

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Rapid Robert

Rapid Robert

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The Man behind the Microchip
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Leslie Berlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163438.003.0003

This chapter recounts Robert Noyce's life at MIT, his marriage to Betty Bottomley, his dissertation, and his job at Philco, a Philadelphia-based manufacturer of radios and televisions. Noyce entered MIT at a distinct educational as well as financial disadvantage relative to many of his classmates. But after the first difficult weeks spent cramming new information into his head, Noyce began to settle in and eventually passed every course he took at MIT with honors. He developed little timesavers and this enabled him to solve mathematical problems faster than almost anyone else, earning him the nickname “Rapid Robert”.

Keywords:   Robert Noyce, MIT, physics, Philco, Betty Bottomley

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