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June 20, 2005:  Jack St. Clair Kilby ~ First Integrated Circuit ~ Died

From your toaster to space ships, kids games to your cell phone, all use IC’s (integrated circuts).

Jack St. Clair Kilby took part (along with Robert Noyce) in the realization of the first integrated circuit while working at Texas Instruments 1958.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 2000.

Jack Kilby

He is also the inventor of the handheld calculator and the thermal printer.


Milwaukee Connection

Kilby received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is an honorary member of Acacia Fraternity.  In 1947, he received a degree in Electrical Engineering.  He obtained his master of science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Milwaukee,  which later became the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1950, while simultaneously working at Centralab in Milwaukee.

In mid-1958, Kilby was a newly employed…

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