Jack Kilby

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Born Thursday 8 November 1923, died Monday 20 June 2005

Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: American

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I'm doing a little consulting. I'm somewhat retired, still a director of a company or two.

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Well, the thought that everybody might have a personal computer at their desk or their home was certainly not on the mainstream of anybody's activity at that time.

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It's true that the original idea was mine, but what you see today is the work of probably tens of thousands of the world's best engineers, all concentrating on improving the product, reducing the cost, things of that sort.

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Well, the big products in electronics in the '50s were radio and television. The first big computers were just beginning to come in and represented the most logical market for us to work in.

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Well, it's very dangerous to project, but it's clear that the existing technology has some more years to go.

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Somewhere in that 20-year period, I would assume that there will be some basically new approach that will begin to cut into it, but it's got a long time.

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It was really a very small company when I started and it changed very rapidly during those first periods.

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I think it's doing very well. I'm pleased to see the concentration on semiconductors. I think this will help.

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The groups that have awarded them are all a little different. It's a little hard to single out any one for that, but I think the dedication of this building would have to go toward the top of the list.

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The number of parts that were required were just prohibitive.

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The first calculators tended to sell for $400 or $500. Today, you can get a pretty good one for 4 or $5.

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Today, people tend to credit me with having the original idea and made the first circuits.

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There was a space program before there was integrated circuits.

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I'm sure there will continue to be exciting new products and major changes, but it looks as if the existing technology has a great deal of room to grow and prosper.

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My own interest developed because I thought it was a fascinating subject and something I wanted to pursue.

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I feel my story has been exercised very thoroughly and very frequently.

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They were the largest semiconductor maker in the world up until about 1980. I'm not sure that that can be re-gained again, but their progress in the last few years has been very impressive.

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It's also somewhat in the center of a number of things that will be useful to the company.

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This could be done in part, because the equipment was very inexpensive. Not much money was involved in tooling so that basic changes of that type could be accomplished.

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I think the varied backgrounds in the beginning were a plus. It took a while for people to understand what they were trying to do and get started, but it did provide for a lot of new ideas.

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