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January 21 – The Invention of the Integrated Circuit

The invention of the integrated circuit and the dawn of the information age

We begin the second half of Modern Times casting our gaze on another dimension of mid-20th century Texas history. Though many of us tend to associate the “tech” industry only with what is new, cutting edge, and perhaps incomprehensible at times, key historical underpinnings of the information age lie right here in our own historical backyard. The integrated circuit chip was invented in 1959, simultaneously in Texas and California. By 1965 the trend now known as Moore’s Law was in full swing, doubling the number of circuit components on a chip every one to two years. More than 50 years later this trend continues to fuel the information age, making communication and computation cheap, powerful, and ubiquitous.

We hope you’ll integrate Mr. Mack’s presentation with your personal calendar for 2:00 pm on January 21, 2018 at the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Complimentary refreshments provided. Presentation begins at 2:30 pm.

Admission is $10 to the general public, $5 to students with valid ID, and free to members of the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Space is limited; while tickets are available at the door, we encourage patrons to register online.

Parking is available free to patrons in the museum lot located off of 23rd street between San Gabriel and Leon.

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Prefer not to register online? Call museum staff at 512.478.2335 or send us a note.

About the Speaker

Chris A. Mack received Bachelor of Science degrees in physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, and chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1982, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1989, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998.

Dr. Mack, who is even called “Dr. Mack” by his mother, is recognized worldwide as a leading expert in lithography and regularly teaches courses on this subject. In the past twenty years he has trained more than 2,000 lithographers from over 200 different companies around the world, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments of the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Mack spent the Fall 2006 semester as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and the summer (winter!) of 2011 as a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He currently writes, teaches and consults in the field of semiconductor lithography.