By | November 23, 2021
Jay Last Death

Jay Last Death – Jay Last who was among the eight entrepreneurs whose company laid the technical, financial, and cultural foundation for Silicon Valley, has passed away on Nov. 11 in Los Angeles. Jay died at the age of 92. Last died in an hospital as confirmed by his wife and only immediate survivor, Debbie. Using materials like silicon and germanium, Dr. Shockley and two other scientists had shown how to build the tiny transistors that would one day be used to store and move information in the form of an electrical signal.

Jay Taylor Last was born on Oct. 18, 1929, in Butler, Pa. His father, Frank, a German immigrant, and his Scotch-Irish mother, Sarah, had met when they were two of the three teachers at a high school in Ohio. Jay Last grew up in Butler before making his first pilgrimage to the West Coast when he was 16. Dr. Last was finishing a Ph.D. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956, there he was approached by William Shockley, who would share a Nobel Prize that same year for the invention of the transistor, the tiny electrical device that became the essential building block for the world’s computer chips.

At Fairchild, Dr. Last led a team of scientists who developed a fundamental technique that is still used to manufacture computer chips, providing the digital brains for billions upon billions of computers, tablets, smartphones and smartwatches. A curator and director of the Software History Center at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif, David C. Brock said, “There was nothing more important than Fairchild Semiconductor to the Silicon Valley experience as we know it today, Many of the dynamics that still persist were crystallized by the founders of Fairchild, and Jay was right in the middle of it.”

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