See the demigods when they were young: Shockley, Noyce, Moore, Grove, et al.

I just watched the PBS American Experience documentary, Silicon Valley. I loved it! It begins at legendary Bell Labs in New Jersey where William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain invented the transistor in 1947. Eighty-two minutes later, the film concludes at Intel in California, with the introduction of the first microprocessor, the 4-bit 4004 CPU in 1971.

Here’s how PBS describes it:

An eye-opening look at the birthplace of the modern technological era told by the people who shaped it, Silicon Valley is a fascinating reminder of how Robert Noyce and his team of trailblazers led the way in transforming California’s Santa Clara Valley into a worldwide hub of industry and innovation, and laid the bedrock for modern technology.

The director deftly cut between historical film footage and still photographs, and recent interviews with remaining players and historians. You can stream the entire documentary from I give it two thumbs up.

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