Jack Kilby, the Nobel Prize-winning engineer who invented the integrated circuits that are the building blocks of modern electronics, died yesterday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 81.
While other Texas Instruments engineers took vacation during a plant shutdown in 1958, Kilby hadn’t been at the company long enough to earn time off. He used borrowed and improvised equipment to craft the first integrated circuit on a piece of germanium half the size of a paper clip.
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