Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments Wins Nobel for Physics

December 12, 2000 by Jeff Shepard

Jack Kilby, an employee of Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) since 1958, won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for his part in the invention of the integrated circuit.

Kilby shares this year's prize with Zhores I. Alferov and Herbert Kroemer. The three were elected to honor “basic work on communication and information technology." The King of Sweden presented them with the award during a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The prize consists of a medal, a diploma and a monetary award.

Kilby delivered his Laureate Lecture on "Turning Potential into Realities: the Invention of the Integrated Circuit". He spoke to an audience of about 800 students, teachers, journalists and members of the Royal Swedish Academy of the campus of Stockholm University.

Kilby commented, “It was a tremendous honor to be selected for the Nobel Prize. I was pleased, delighted and surprised to have been chosen. The Nobel events have made this a truly memorable experience that is to be savored and cherished."

Tom Engibous, chairman, president and CEO of Texas Instruments added, “Jack's work changed the world as few inventions before or since have. It's hard to imagine what our company, our industry and our world would have been like without Jack Kilby."