A new Google doodle has been launched today, honouring birthday of tech pioneer Robert Noyce, who would have been 84 today. Noyce is widely credited, along with Jack Kilby, as one of the inventors of the now-ubiquitous microchip.
The invention of the microchip has been one of the crucial developments of the past century, and has enabled the creation of everything from computers and modern appliances to the internet and even space exploration vehicles.
In later years, Noyce acted as a mentor figure to many tech entrepreneurs, and his influence remained so great that he was described as the ‘mayor of Silicon Valley’. He was also an advocate of universal, effective education as a means of keeping America competitive on the global stage.