Microchip Pioneer Helped Put the Silicon Into Silicon Valley

Jay Last, a founding father of Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. in 1957, discovered methods to fabricate built-in circuits in bulk, serving to to place the silicon into Silicon Valley and make the area a synonym for digital know-how.

Dr. Last, the son of a steelworker from Butler, Pa., began out with a extra modest profession purpose: to parlay his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology into an fascinating job that might let him reside in California.

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