Jack Kilby died. Inventer of of the IC.

Thanks Jack, with out you I wouldn’t have a job. Nor would I have cell phones, tv’s or just about anything else electronic imaginable.

I’m just glad I actually took the time to meet you in person years ago. And thank you for actually taking the time to see the lilttle people such as me. You were a busy man, you didn’t have to do that, but you did it anyway.

You sir are a legend.

Jack Kilby obit.
Kilby with patent links at Wiki.

I wouldn’t have passed freshman chemistry without him.

I’m a little young to have done this but I don’t think I’d much care for wirewrapping or vacuum tubes. Except Nixie tubes. Those are still cool.

[quote=EE Times]
Jack St. Clair Kilby, retired TI engineer and acknowledged as the first inventor of the integrated circuit, passed away in Dallas Monday (June 20) after a brief battle with cancer. He was 81.

Funeral services will be held on the head of a pin.

Preliminary autopsy report indicates that the magic blue smoke got out.