Robert N. Noyce '49
Robert Norton Noyce '49 (December 12, 1927-June 3, 1990) was the co-inventor of the microchip, co-founder of Intel, and prominent Grinnellian troublemaker. Majoring in physics while at Grinnell, Noyce is known for an event during which he stole a pig from an area farmer and roasted it in a luau after slaughtering the pig in Clark Hall. Noyce confessed to the crime and was nearly expelled, saved by the impassioned pleading of a physics professor of the time, Grant O. Gale.
Noyce later donated stock in Intel to the College, which it eventually sold for $600,000,000, forming the foundation of the modern-day endowment. The Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center was built in his name.