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Silicon Valley short history

• 1848 the first year of California Gold Rush.

• Silicon Valley used to be fruit orchards known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight.

• 1891 Stanford University is founded by former governor Leland Stanford.

• 1951 Stanford Industrial Park established as a high tech center. Early companies were Varian Associates, General Electric, and Eastman Kodak.

• 1956 William Shockley, co-inventor of the semiconductor triode founding Shockley Semiconductor in Mountain View.

• 1957 the ‘Traitorous Eight’ leave Shockley Semiconductor to found Fairchild Semiconductor.

• 1968 two of the ‘Traitorous Eight‘ Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore leave Fairchild Semiconductor to found Intel.

• 1971 Don Hoefler writing for the weekly tabloid ELECTRONIC NEWS, he used the phrase “Silicon Valley” to describe the congeries of electronics firms mushrooming in Santa Clara county.

• 1971 Intel created the world’s first microprocessor: the Intel  4004.

• Silicon Valley is the only place on Earth not trying to figure out how to become Silicon Valley. /Robert Metcalfe