Computer chip pioneer Jack Kilby, June 21Jack Kilby, the Nobel Prize-winning inventor of the integrated circuit that laid the foundation for the computer and electronics industries, died, his company, Texas Instruments, said on June 21. He was 81. The company said Kilby, who invented the first monolithic integrated circuit, died after a battle with cancer. He won the Nobel Prize for physics in 2000 for his invention, which laid the foundation for modern microelectronics. During the 20 years following his discovery, products made possible by his semiconductor helped the electronics industry grow 20 fold, jumping to nearly $500 billion a year by 1988.
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