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119 Reasons Why We Love Dallas – No. 67

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Because Jack Kilby invented the future


GPS devices, cellphones, laptops, the Internet—let’s just skip to the end and say “modern life as we know it.” That’s what the late Jack Kilby made possible when he constructed the first working integrated circuit (better known as a microchip) in a lab at Texas Instruments in the summer of 1958. The discovery earned Kilby the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics, but he deserves more. Consider this: in the 2007 film adaptation of Transformers, the invention of the microchip is attributed to reverse-engineering by teams of scientists studying an alien robot and an ancient, colossal power cube of mysterious provenance—and it makes complete and total sense. That’s how brain-melting Kilby’s accomplishment remains.
 


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