Microchip pioneer Jack Kilby dead at 81
How Jack Kilby invented the microchip: Since he'd only been with Texas Instruments a few months, he wasn't eligible for paid leave when almost all the employees went on TI's annual mass vacation. Left alone to experiment, unencumbered by distractions, interruptions and scrutiny from peers and managers, Kilby came up with the device that changed the world.
: Jack S. Kilby, an electrical engineer and pioneer in the development of microchips, has died in Dallas after a brief battle with cancer at age 81.
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