Jack Kilby, inventor of the microchip, rest in peace, and thanks for providing me with a career. He was humble as well as brilliant:
“It’s astonishing what human ingenuity and creativity can do,” he said. “My part was pretty small, actually.” Whenever people would mention that Kilby was responsible for the entire modern digital world, he liked to tell the story of the beaver and the 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.