Ham radio emergency communications influenced Jack Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit

When a blizzard knocked out lines and plunged his father’s customers into darkness in 1937, young Jack watched as his dad enlisted local hams to coordinate repairs. That so much could be accomplished so quickly by the amateur radio operators left an impression on Jack, and electronics became another passion for him.

Source: Profiles in Science: Jack Kilby and the Integrated Circuit | Hackaday