Where it all began: The late Dr. Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit (IC) for Texas Instruments in 1958. Dr. Kilby went on to hold more than 60 patents and develop popular products like the pocket calculator. Dr. Kilby was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics for his role in the IC invention.
$71,500: Texas manufacturing employs nearly 874,450 people at an average annual salary of $71,500. GM and Toyota are the largest automotive manufacturing employers in Texas.
#1 exporter: Texas is the top U.S. state for manufacturing exports and shipment value. In just one category – transportation equipment – Texas exported more than $23.2 billion in 2014.
Fullerenes: In 1985, five Rice University professors discovered and prepared the carbon molecules – so called “buckyballs” and “buckytubes” that have significantly affected materials science, electronics and nanotechnology. Three of the professors were awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development.
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