Microchip pioneer Jack Kilby, who won the 2000 Nobel Prize for his part in creating the microscopic brains powering many of today's digital devices, has died in Dallas on Monday, June 20, 2005, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 81. ``In my opinion, there are only a handful of people whose works have truly transformed the world and the way we live in it -- Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Jack Kilby,'' TI chairman Tom Engibous said in a statement. ``If there was ever a seminal invention that transformed not only our industry but our world, it was Jack's invention of the first integrated circuit.'' He pioneered military, industrial and commercial applications of microchip technology. He headed teams that built the first military system and the first computer incorporating integrated circuits. He later co-invented the hand-held calculator and the thermal printer that used in portable data terminals.
AP/ The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz