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Texas Instruments commends National Inventors Hall of Fame 2009 Inductees

TI continues to build on innovation by cultivating creativity

Apr 30, 2009

DALLAS (April 30, 2009) – On May 2 The National Inventors Hall of Fame will induct three members of the Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) family in its 2009 class for their invention and promotion of science. George Heilmeier, Larry Hornbeck and Gordon Teal will be among the 15 inductees honored on Saturday, May 2 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

"The spirit of innovation that began 50 years ago when Jack Kilby pioneered the integrated circuit continues to live on through the accomplishments of George, Larry and Gordon with this tremendous honor," said Rich Templeton, TI President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Technology springs from imagination, and at TI, we create an environment where people can both imagine a better world and help build it."

George Heilmeier, Larry Hornbeck and Gordon Teal will each be honored for their respective contributions to society:

George Heilmeier – Liquid crystal display George pioneered the first liquid crystal displays. George's career also includes time spent serving as a White House fellow, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Chief Technical Officer for Texas Instruments and President and Chairman of the Board of Telcordia Technologies.

Larry Hornbeck – Digital micromirror device (DMD) Larry holds a series of patents that form the foundation for the DMD, an array of as many as two-million hinged microscopic aluminum mirrors on a silicon chip. Under digital control, the tiny mirrors create an image by directing pulses of "digital" light through a projection lens and onto a television, presentation or movie theater screen. 

Gordon Teal (1907-2003) Silicon transistor Gordon created the first commercial silicon transistor – skyrocketing the silicon semiconductor industry to success. Teal also served briefly as the first director of the National Bureau of Standards materials research division.