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Jack St. Clair Kilby

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

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

Education

  • Kilby grew up and attended school in Great Bend, Kansas, graduating from Great Bend High School. Road signs at the entrances to the town commemorate his time there, and the Commons Area at Great Bend High School has been named The Jack Kilby Commons Area.

    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.

Career

  • 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 engineer at Texas Instruments who did not yet have the right to a summer vacation. He spent the summer working on the problem in circuit design that was commonly called the "tyranny of numbers" and finally came to the conclusion that manufacturing the circuit components en masse in a single piece of semiconductor material could provide a solution.

Major achievements

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

    The Kilby Award Foundation was founded in 1980 in his honor.

Politics

Party affiliation: Democratic Party

Religion

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Views

Radicalism

Membership

  • Fellow: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Sarnoff medal 1966, Brunetti award 1978, Medal of honor 1986); National Academy of Engineering (Zworykin medal 1975, co-recipient Charle

Personality

Interests

computers

Connections

  • father: Hubert
  • mother: Vina
Jack St. Clair Kilby
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Died June 20, 2005
(aged 81)
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  • 1946
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 1950
    University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • 1958
    employed engineer, Texas Instruments
  • 1978 - 1985
    Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering , Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University

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    • He is also the inventor of the handheld calculator and the thermal printer. The Kilby Award Foundation was founded in 1980 in his honor.
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