AndrewGrove&BillGates.2001.JeffChristensen.Reuters

Andrew Grove has died, the hard-charging head of Intel, whose dominance in computer chips packed with millions of transistors led to the rise of Silicon Valley. He was born into a Jewish family in Budapest in 1936; the Nazis forced his father into a labor camp, while he and his mother were sheltered by a Christian family under assumed names. After liberation from the Nazis, he was a university student in 1956 when Soviet troops crushed the Hungarian uprising. He escaped to America and got a Ph.D. from the University of California, despite being penniless, not knowing English and being functionally deaf. (His hearing was eventually restored). His chips have had as much impact on the world as the harnessing of electricity, enabling the modern internet as well as what we do on this site. Above, with Microsoft’s Bill Gates in 2001, showing off then-new laptops along with an antique word processor and a DOS-era computer with information stored on floppy disks. (Jeff Christensen/Reuters)

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