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Ann Schmeltz Bowers (born November 1937) was the first vice president of human resources at Apple Computer.


Bowers received a B.A. in english and psychology from Cornell University in 1959.[1] She has an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Santa Clara.


Bowers worked at Intel from January 1970 to 1976, where she became the first Director of Personnel.[1] She married Intel co-founder and integrated circuit co-inventor Robert Noyce on November 27, 1974.[2]

Apple Computer[]

Bowers joined Apple Computer in February 1980 as employee #1111.[3] When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was looking for a mentor, Bowers introduced him to her husband.[4]

After Apple[]

After her husband died in 1990, Bowers became the founding trustee of the Noyce Foundation and has since retired.[1][5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ann Bowers, LinkedIn. Accessed 2020-06-28.
  2. Class notes 1950-1959, Cornell Alumni Magazine. 2007-09/10. Archived 2008-10-13.
  3. I don't have my badge anymore, but there's a picture of it in this old Apple ad (lower right). by Scott Knaster, Twitter. 2016-08-23.
  4. Widow speaks about Bob Noyce, telling the human side of the mayor of Silicon Valley by Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat. 2013-02-04.
  5. About Us, Noyce Foundation. Archived 2009-07-14.

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