KANSAS: A STATE OF INNOVATION
What makes an Innovator?
-Inventing the Microchip-
As a new employee Kilby had accrued no vacation so he worked alone in the lab while the plant was shut down for vacations in July. It was during this time that Kilby conceived and built the first electronic circuit. On September 12, 1958, he demonstrated his new invention, the integrated circuit or microchip, which he patented February 6, 1959. In his patent application Kilby described his new device as “a body of semiconductor material … wherein all the components of the electronic circuit are completely integrated.” – The Kansas Historical Society
–Kansas Historical Society Pictures provided by Texas Instruments