Jean C. Jones

Born: August 30, 1927 | New York, NY, US
Died: March 18, 2015 | Palo Alto, CA, US

Jean C. Jones discusses how she began working at Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation and her early interactions with Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce. Jones became full-time secretary for Fairchild and made the move to Intel Corporation. Jones describes her daily work at Fairchild and Intel and her interactions with Moore, Noyce, and Andrew Grove, among others.

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Interview Details

Interview no.: Oral History 0331
No. of pages: 83
Minutes: 234

Interview Sessions

David C. Brock
8 March, 5 April and 15 June 2006

Abstract of Interview

Jean C. Jones begins her interview by discussing her family life and how she began working at Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation. She talks about her early interactions with Gordon E. Moore and Robert N. Noyce. She details how she became a full-time secretary for Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation and her involvement with the Research and Development Laboratory and her supervisor, Victor Grinich. Jones chronicles her daily life while working at Fairchild and shares engaging stories about Gordon and Robert. Jones continues the interview by describing the move from Fairchild Semiconductor to the Intel Corporation. She recounts stories about the daily interactions in the office and details the working relationship between several of the staff including Andrew S. Grove, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore. Jones discusses Gordon Moore as CEO of Intel, her interaction with the Board of Directors and her communication with Craig Barrett and Max Palevsky. Finally, Jones reflects on Gordon Moore's character and what she is most proud of from her association with the Intel Corporation.

Table of Contents

Early Career and Early Family Life

Meeting Gordon Moore. Working at Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation. Assisting Victor Grinich. Working in the Research and Development Laboratory. A full-time secretary. Moving to Palo Alto, California. Working at Hiller Aircraft Corporation.

Fairchild Semiconductor

Working for Robert Noyce. Working environment. Personalities of Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce. Robert Graham. Early impressions of Gordon Moore. Julius Blank. Sheldon Roberts. Robert Robson. Murray Siegel. Eugene Kleiner. Growth of Fairchild.

Intel Corporation

Educational activities. Revealing stories about Gordon Moore. Workplace communication. Andrew Grove. Sense of humor. Robert Noyce as the general manager. Jay Last, Sheldon Roberts, and Robert Robson leaving to form Amelco Corporation.

The People and Personal Stories

Robert Noyce. Andrew Grove. Gordon Moore. Physical and social environment of Intel. Development of memory. Robert Graham. Robert O'Hare. Working relationship between Gordon Moore, Andrew Grove, and Robert Noyce.


Gordon Moore as CEO. Interaction with the Board of Directors. Craig Barrett. Max Palevsky. Roger Borovoy. Richard Hodgson. Arthur Rock. The Intel culture.


About the Interviewer

David C. Brock

David C. Brock is a senior research fellow with the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As a historian of science and technology, he specializes in the history of semiconductor science, technology, and industry; the history of instrumentation; and oral history. Brock has studied the philosophy, sociology, and history of science at Brown University, the University of Edinburgh, and Princeton University.

In the policy arena Brock recently published Patterning the World: The Rise of Chemically Amplified Photoresists, a white-paper case study for the Center’s Studies in Materials Innovation. With Hyungsub Choi he is preparing an analysis of semiconductor technology roadmapping, having presented preliminary results at the 2009 meeting of the Industry Studies Association.