Join us in a celebration of Federico Faggin’s new book, Silicon: From the Invention of the Microprocessor to the New Science of Consciousness. A long-time supporter of IONS, Federico Faggin was born in Italy, where he graduated in physics in 1965 from University of Padua, Italy, and worked for Fairchild Semiconductors and Intel before becoming a serial entrepreneur. He recently published his autobiography describing his “four lives” from creating cutting-edge technology in Silicon Valley to developing a holistic theory of consciousness. IONS Director of Research, Helané Wahbeh, will interview Federico Faggin about his book and life, giving you a personal view of this remarkable man.
From Cutting-Edge Technology to the New Science of Consciousness
Friday, April 9, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00pm (Pacific)
Please register even if you can’t attend live and you’ll receive an email with a link to the recording and resources.
Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR, is the Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Wahbeh is clinically trained as a naturopathic physician and research trained with a Master of Clinical Research and two post-doctoral research fellowships. She has published on and spoken internationally about her studies on complementary and alternative medicine, mind-body medicine, stress, and posttraumatic stress disorder and their relationships to physiology, health, and healing.
Federico Faggin is an Italian-American physicist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is best known for designing the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004, and developed the design methodology and directed the design of all early Intel’s microprocessors. In 1974, Faggin started and directed his first company, Zilog, Inc., entirely dedicated to the emergent microprocessor and microcontroller market.
Faggin went on to found and direct Cygnet Technologies, Inc., the company that in 1984 introduced a pioneering personal communication product for voice, data, and electronic mail. He founded and directed Synaptics Inc., the company that developed artificial neural network chips to perform pattern recognition. During the period 2003-2008, Faggin was Chairman of Synaptics and CEO of Foveon, Inc., the developer of advanced image sensors and digital cameras for mobile devices.
Federico Faggin received many prizes and awards in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Distinguished among them are the Marconi Prize (1988), the Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology (1997), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Patent Organization (2006), and the 2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, from President Barack Obama. In 1996, Faggin was inducted in the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame.
Faggin is currently president of the Federico and Elvia Faggin Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the scientific study of consciousness, a long-standing interest that now has become a passionate full-time activity.