AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: SILICON VALLEY

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: SILICON VALLEY

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 9:00pm

The Fairchild 8, clockwise from top: Eugene Kleiner, Gordon Moore, C. Sheldon Roberts, Jay Last, Robert Noyce, Jean Hoerni, Julius Blank and Victor Grinich. 1960.

Credit: Courtesy of Wayne Miller/Magnum Photos

Learn about the pioneering scientists and engineers who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley. SILICON VALLEY, airing Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable11 and 1011), spotlights the creativity of the young men who founded Fairchild Semiconductor, in particular the brilliant, charismatic young physicist Robert Noyce. Their radical innovations would include the integrated circuit that helped make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, transforming the way the world works, plays and communicates, making possible everything from the Apollo program to smart phones, from pacemakers to microwaves.

Watch Silicon Valley Preview on PBS. See more from American Experience.

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