Silicon Valley titan Gordon Moore, one of the co-founders of chipmaker Intel and creator of Moore’s Law, has died at the age of 94. Intel and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced that Gordon Moore died peacefully on Friday, “at his home in Hawaii surrounded by family”. Moore and his longtime colleague Robert Noyce founded Intel in July 1968. .
Prior to founding Intel, Moore and Noyce participated in the founding of Fairchild Semiconductor, where they played a central role in the first commercial production of diffused silicon transistors and later the world’s first commercially viable integrated circuit.
At Intel, Moore initially served as Executive Vice President until 1975, when he became President.
In 1979, Moore was named chairman of the board and chief executive officer, a position he held until 1987 when he stepped down as CEO and remained as chairman. In 1997, Moore became chairman emeritus, leaving the position in 2006.
During his lifetime, Moore devoted his attention and energy to philanthropy, especially environmental protection, science, and improving patient care.
Along with his wife of 72 years, he founded the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, which has donated more than $5.1 billion to charitable causes since its inception in 2000.
Foundation President Harvey Fineberg said, “Those of us who have met and worked with Gordon will always be inspired by his intelligence, humility and generosity.”
Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, said that Gordon Moore was instrumental in revealing the power of the transistor, and inspired technologists and entrepreneurs for decades.
“We at Intel remain inspired by Moore’s Law and intend to pursue it until the periodic table is finished,” he said.
In addition to Moore’s key role in founding two of the world’s leading technology companies, he famously predicted in 1965 that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every year—a prediction known as Moore’s Law.
Moore said in a 2008 interview, “All I was trying to do was get that message out to everyone, that by putting more and more stuff on a single chip, we’re going to make all electronics cheaper.”
With his 1965 prediction proving correct, in 1975 Moore revised his estimate of a doubling of transistors on an integrated circuit every two years for the next 10 years.
“Regardless, the idea of chip technology growing at an exponential rate, continually making electronics faster, smaller and cheaper, became the driving force behind the semiconductor industry and paved the way for the ubiquitous use of chips in millions of everyday products, said the Foundation.
In 2022, Gelsinger announced the renaming of the Ronler Acres campus in Oregon – where Intel teams develop future process technologies – to Gordon Moore Park in Ronler Acres.
Gordon Moore was born in 1929 in San Francisco. He was educated at San Jose State University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the California Institute of Technology, where he was awarded a Ph. in chemistry in 1954.
He received the National Medal of Technology from then-President George HW Bush in 1990 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from then-President George W. Bush in 2002.
In 1950, Moore married Betty Irene Whitaker, who survived him. Moore is survived by sons Kenneth and Steven and four grandchildren.
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