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Jack St. Clair Kilby

The Namesake of the Foundation

Jack St. Clair Kilby is internationally acknowledged to be one of the most gifted inventors of this century. In 1958, Mr. Kilby conceived and built the first monolithic integrated circuit ("the chip") that laid the foundation for the modern era of microelectronics, making possible the high-speed computers and large-capacity memories of the information age.

During his lifetime, Mr. Kilby received many prestigious awards for his pioneering work and its immeasurable, global economic impact. In 1997, the publishers of Upside Magazine named Jack Kilby to the Upside Hall of Fame. He also received the Kyoto Prize in 1993, presented by the Inamori Foundation of Japan, the Charles Stark Draper Award and the National Medal of Technology in 1990. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1982, joining Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers. In 1970, he was honored at a special White House ceremony with the nation's highest award in science and technology - The National Medal of Science. In 2000, for his part in the invention of the integrated circuit, Mr. Kilby received the Nobel Prize from His Majesty the King of Sweden.

The Founders and Trustees are grateful to Jack St. Clair Kilby, who graciously allowed the founders to name this international awards program in his honor and thus to commemorate the power of one individual to make a significant impact on society.

Read the Tribute to Jack Kilby.

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