Gordon Moore Wiki – Gordon Moore Biography
Silicon Valley pioneer and philanthropist Gordon Moore has passed away at the age of 94 in Hawaii. Moore began working on semiconductors in the 1950s and co-founded the Intel Corporation. He predicted that the computer’s processing powers would double every year, then revise every two, an idea known as Moore’s Law. That “law” became the foundation of the computer processor industry and influenced the PC revolution. Two decades before the computer revolution began, Moore wrote in an article that integrated circuits would lead to “wonders like home computers, or at least terminals connected to a mainframe computer, automatic controls for cars, and personal portable communications equipment.”
He noted, in the 1965 paper, that thanks to technological improvements, the number of transistors on microchips had roughly doubled every year since integrated circuits were invented a few years earlier. His prediction that this would continue became known as Moore’s Law, and it helped spur chipmakers to direct his research to make it happen. After Moore’s article was published, memory chips became more efficient and less expensive at an exponential rate.
After earning his Ph.D., Moore joined the Fairchild Semiconductor laboratory, which manufactured commercially viable integrated circuits and transistors. The expansion of that company laid the foundation for the transformation of the peninsula of land south of San Francisco into what is now known as Silicon Valley. In 1968 Moore and Robert Noyce left Fairchild to found Intel. Moore’s work helped fuel significant technological progress around the world and led to the arrival of personal computers and Apple, Facebook, and Google. All he was trying to do was get that message across, that by putting more and more stuff on a chip we would make all electronics cheaper,” Moore said in a 2008 interview.
Gordon Moore was 94 years old.
Intel Corporation paid tribute to its co-founder, saying in a tweet: “we lost a visionary.” Intel’s current CEO, Pat Gelsinger, said Gordon Moore had defined the technology industry through his insight and vision and inspired technologists and entrepreneurs over the decades. He leaves a legacy that changed the life of every person on the planet. His memory will live on.”
“I’m honored to have met him,” Gelsinger said in a tweet.
Moore dedicated his later life to philanthropy, after starting a foundation with his wife Betty that focused on environmental causes, known as Gordon Betty Moore Foundation. Those causes included the protection of the Amazon River Basin and salmon streams in the US, Canada, and Russia. Those of us who have known and worked with Gordon will always be inspired by his wisdom, humility, and generosity,” said foundation president Harvey Fineberg. In 2002, Moore received the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the US, from President George W. Bush.