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Ted Hoff

Famous for: inventing world’s first single-chip microprocessor

Ted Hoff joined Intel in 1967 as employee No. 12. He came up with the idea for putting all the parts that comprise the brain of the computer on a single chip, called the Intel 4004, which he created along with fellow Intel engineers Federico Faggin and Stan Mazor.

1n 1954, he was a Westinghouse Science Talent Search Finalist (now known as Intel STS), which just goes to show those students of today that those innovation contests work. He was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Famein 1996.

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