Gordon Moore, Intel’s Co-Founder and Tech Industry Visionary, Passes Away At 94
Intel and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced this evening that Gordon Moore, Intel’s famous co-founder and grandfather to many in the modern chip industry, has passed away. The company said he passed away peacefully at his home in Hawaii, surrounded by his family.
Gordon Moore was one of the first giants of the modern technology industry and had a long and illustrious career in the then nascent silicon chip manufacturing industry. Perhaps best known for creating the eponymous Moore’s Law, Moore became a highly respected engineer and leader throughout his years at Fairchild, his semiconductors, and later at Intel. became. His long tenure earned him not only the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but numerous industry awards.
Gordon Moore began his technical career under William Shockley, co-inventor of the transistor and founder of Shockley Semiconductor. He then worked on his silicon transistors and the first commercially viable integrated circuits at Fairchild Semiconductor.traitor”. Finally, in 1968, Moore and his fellow traitor Robert Noyce founded Intel, Moore’s longest and most influential period of work.
Between then and his retirement from Intel in 1997, he resigned as Intel’s chairman, Honorary chairman, Moore oversaw the rise of the company to become the undisputed leader of the microprocessor industry for many years. During this time, Intel introduced a number of groundbreaking products, including Intel’s first memory products and, of course, the Intel 8086 processor, the first of Intel’s significant x86 CPU lineup. After he joined Intel as executive vice president, Moore eventually became president and in 1979 he became CEO, a position he held until 1987.
Moore Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Moore’s Law in 2015
In 1965, Gordon Moore coined the phrase that became Moore’s Law, stating that the number of components (transistors) in a circuit doubles every 12 months. This was later revised by him in 1975 to 24 months. This phrase has been a mainstay when discussing the latest generation of hardware and has been the benchmark against which many chip and fab developments were measured over the years.
After retiring from Intel, Moore and his wife founded the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2000. The foundation is still active today and he has donated over $5.1 billion to philanthropic causes in science, medicine and the environment. .
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said: He is instrumental in uncovering the power of the transistor and has inspired engineers and entrepreneurs for decades. We at Intel continue to be inspired by Moore’s Law and will pursue it until the periodic table runs out. Gordon’s vision lives on as a true North harnessing the power of technology to improve the lives of everyone on Earth. My career and much of my life have shaped the possibilities fueled by Gordon’s leadership at Intel’s helm, and I am humbled by the honor and responsibility of carrying on his legacy. ”
It’s been quite some time since he left Intel, but Moore’s presence in the company continues (and will continue) in several different ways.Most recently, Intel renamed its Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro, Oregon. Gordon Moore Park on Ronler AcresLikewise, the company maintains his desk at its Santa Clara headquarters and had the opportunity to be visited by Dr. Ian Cutres in 2019.
Gordon Moore is survived by his wife of 73 years, Betty Moore, sons Kenneth and Stephen, and four grandchildren.