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Google Doodle Honours 'Mayor' of Silicon Valley Robert Noyce

Google pays its respects to the ‘mayor' of Silicon Valley, Robert Noyce, in a new Doodle. Google Doodle is known for honouring a variety of people and places.

Google replaced the logo on its search engine with a microchip, which bears the Google seal, to mark Noyce's 84th birthday. Clicking on the doodle takes users to a search results page which displays Google News articles related to Noyce and a Wikipedia page, among other things.

Noyce is largely remembered for developing the integrated chip along with Jack Kilby, which paved the way for future chips that power today's smartphones and tablet device.

The engineer founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and then Intel in 1968 with Gordon Moore. Interestingly, Noyce wanted to name the company Intel Moore Noyce, but then he realised that it sound like ‘more noise,' as reported by CNET.

Noyce, who was also known as Bob, died in 1990 of heart failure but not before he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award during the bicentennial celebration of the Patent Act.

He was also awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1987 by Ronald Reagan and was included in the Business Hall of Fame by George Bush in 1989.