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Robert Noyce

Robert Noyce was an engineer and co-founder of the integrated circuit.  Nicknamed the “Mayor of Silicon Valley,” his work with semi-conductors and micro-electronics was instrumental in making Silicon Valley a hub of the computer revolution.  He also was a firm believer in education.  In one of his last interviews, when asked what he would do if emperor of the world, Bob Noyce would “make sure we are preparing our next generation to flourish in a high-tech age. And that means education of the lowest and the poorest, as well as at the graduate school level.”  The numerous programs, scholarships, and foundations focused on transforming STEM teaching are a testament to his vision.  
More Information can be found at PBS site and Wikipedia.