Great Bend in Barton County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
In his soul, Kilby was an engineer, and proud of it. "It's incredibly satisfying," he said, in his easy, plainspoken Kansas way, "to face some important problem and find a solution that works."
That mattered more than prizes, wealth, or fame. When Kilby won the Nobel Prize in Physics, the inventor of the microchip was introduced in Stockholm as the man who created our modern digital world -- calculators, computers, cell phones, space travel and so forth. Naturally, Jack disagreed.
In his Nobel lecture, he said that kind of talk reminded him of the story of a beaver and a rabbit sitting in the woods near Hoover Dam: "Did you build that one?" the rabbit asked. "No, but it was based on an idea of mine," the beaver replied.
The Washington Post
Jun 22, 2005 - Revised February 4, 2012
"The increasing diversity in our media was spurred by the development of satellite transmission, the personal computer, and the internet - none of which would have been possible without Kilby's invention."
- David K. Bivins, GBHS '60
PhD., MIT; former NBC Vice President
"Kilby did, after all, come up with the most valuable invention of the past half century."
- Boston Globe
"I recognize the achievements of this extraordinarily distinguished graduate of the Great Bend school system."
- Shannon Stimson, GBHS '69
PhD., Harvard University,
Professor at Cal-Berkeley
"How many towns could claim as their native son a man whose inventions changed the world?"
- Jeanene (Cook) Hoover, GBHS '54
"The significance of this man's genius, and its impact on the world is mind-boggling. Truly history has been made by Jack Kilby."
- Glenn Opie, GBHS '44
"Jack Kilby, a quiet slow-talking sort from Great Bend, Kansas, finally got a chance to work in a major
- T.R. Reid's book, The Chip
"Jack Kilby did more than invent the integrated circuit; Jack Kilby invented the future."
- Kansas City Star
"Jack's work changed the world as few inventions before or since have."
- Tom Engibous, Texas Instruments
"Through Kilby's invention, microelectronics has grown to become the basis of all modern technology."
- Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
"What he did was nothing short of discovering fire."
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce
"Jack Kilby's idea launched the information age."
The Washington Post
"Jack Kilby, to me, is Thomas Edison walking....It's Inspiring. You can come out of Great Bend High School and change the world."
- T.R. Reid,
reporter, correspondent and author
"I've always though of Great Bend as my hometown and I've been proud of that."
- Jack Kilby
He reaches out his hand, giving his microchip to a young boy. To Kilby's right, a girl eagerly reaches out a hand to her slightly older companion. With her other hand she points toward the stars.
Symbolically, the sculpture
The young girl representing "The Future Generation," is eager to find what goals her generation can achieve with The Gift
Sculptor Chet Cale, Great Bend, KS
Dedicated April 28, 2012
Location. 38° 21.931′ N, 98° 45.892′ W. Marker is in Great Bend, Kansas, in Barton County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 281) and Forest Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Monument is on the west grounds of the county courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 Main Street, Great Bend KS 67530, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Streetscape (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); ATSF Locomotive No. 3416 Oscar Micheaux (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named Civil War Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Site of Fort Zarah (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fort Zarah (approx. 2.8 miles away); Van Wingerden's Crew (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Great Bend.
Also see . . .
1. The Nobel Prize in Physics, 2000. (Submitted on June 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. The Chip That Jack Built. (Submitted on June 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Jack Kilby National Inventors Hall of Fame Bio. (Submitted on June 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. Jack St. Clair Kilby at Find A Grave. (Submitted on June 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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