The co-creator of the microchip and driving force behind Silicon Valley, Robert Noyce, has become the latest famous figure to be honoured by Google.
The search engine's Doodle design celebrates what would have been Noyce's 84th birthday with a stylized electronic chip on its home page.
Noyce, nicknamed "the Mayor of Silicon Valley" co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel in 1968, and has also been instrumental in the invention of the integrated circuit, also known as the microchip -- a crucial element in computer technology.
Born on December 12, 1927, in Burlington, Iowa, Robert Norto Noyce has been a major source of inspiration to young entrepreneurs who wanted to make a mark in technology. He attended the local schools and exhibited a talent for mathematics and science while in high school and took the Grinnell College freshman physics course in his senior year. He graduated from Grinnell High School in 1945.