Intel co-founder and visionary Gordon Moore, known for “Moore’s Law,” has passed away at 94.
However, his legacy in technology and philanthropy will continue to inspire future generations.
Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel Corporation and the visionary behind “Moore’s Law,” passed away at his home in Hawaii on Friday.
He was 94 years old.
Intel and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation jointly announced his death.
In 1965, Moore predicted that the capacity and complexity of integrated circuits would double every year, a prediction which was later adjusted to every two years during the 1970s.
This prediction, now known as “Moore’s Law,” set the standard for innovation and progress in the tech industry and became the driving force behind Silicon Valley’s rapid development.
Born in California in 1929, Moore earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and physics from the California University of Technology in 1954.
He briefly worked as a researcher at Johns Hopkins University before joining William Shockley, a Nobel Prize winner for his work on the transistor.
In 1957, Moore and seven colleagues, known as the “traitorous eight,” left Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory and founded Fairchild Semiconductor.
This company played a crucial role in manufacturing integrated circuits and supplied the chips used in the first computers onboard spacecraft.
Moore co-founded Intel in 1968 with Robert Noyce, and together they revolutionized the computer industry by promoting the use of thin silicon chips in computers.
By the 1990s, Intel’s microprocessors were found in 80% of worldwide computers.
Moore served as Intel’s CEO from 1975 to 1987 and remained chairman until 1997.
Besides his groundbreaking work in the tech industry, Moore was known for his philanthropy.
He and his wife, Betty, established the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2000, which has since donated over $5.1 billion to various charitable causes, focusing on environmental conservation, science, patient care, and projects in the San Francisco Bay area.
Gordon Moore is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty, their two sons, Kenneth and Steven, and four grandchildren.
His legacy as a visionary, innovator, and philanthropist will continue to inspire future generations.