Gordon Moore, a co-founder of Intel and the creator of “Moore’s Law,” pἀssed away at the age of 94. Gordon Moore, a co-founder of the corporation, pἀssed away on March 24, according to an announcement from Intel and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
A Tweet provided by Intel’s official account:
Today, we lost a visionary.
Gordon Moore, thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/bAiBAtmd9K
— Intel (@intel) March 25, 2023
He pἀssed away at his home in Hawaii, surrounded by family members quietly. In 1965, Moore made an observation that later became known as Moore’s Law. He anticipated that the number of transistors on a microchip would double every two years, resulting in a decrease in cost and an exponential rise in computer capacity.
This regulation significantly influenced both technology and society and served as the impetus for the growth of the contemporary computer industry.
Born in San Francisco, California, on January 3rd, 1929, Moore graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Physics from the California Institute of Technology. He established Fairchild Semiconductor in 1956 alongside Robert Noyce and six other technologists.
He and Noyce co-founded Intel Corporation in 1968 and led it as CEO until 1987 before becoming board chairman. He was in charge of a business that, by 1971, had introduced the first microprocessor to the market and, by 1991, had become the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world. In 1997, he was named Chairman Emeritus.
Commenting on his famous law, he once explained:
“I never expected my extrapolation to be very precise. However, over the next ten years, as I plotted new data points, they actually scattered closely along my extrapolated curve.”
President George H.W. Bush awarded Moore the National Medal of Technology in 1990. President George W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, in 2002.
Throughout his life, Moore also gave his attention and effort to philanthropy, notably to the advancement of science, the environment, and patient care. He founded the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with his wife of 72 years, which has given more than $5.1 billion to charitable causes since its inception in 2000.
He left Intel in 2006 and held the position of chairman of the foundation’s board until 2018 when he became chairman emeritus. Said Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO:
“Gordon Moore defined the technology industry through his insight and vision. He was instrumental in revealing the power of transistors, and inspired technologists and entrepreneurs across the decades. We at Intel remain inspired by Moore’s Law and intend to pursue it until the periodic table is exhausted. Gordon’s vision lives on as our true north as we use the power of technology to improve the lives of every person on Earth. My career and much of my life took shape within the possibilities fuelled by Gordon’s leadership at the helm of Intel, and I am humbled by the honour and responsibility to carry his legacy forward.”
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Frank D. Yeary, Chair of Intel’s Board of Directors, said:
“Gordon was a brilliant scientist and one of America’s leading entrepreneurs and business leaders. It is impossible to imagine the world we live in today, with computing so essential to our lives, without the contributions of Gordon Moore. He will always be an inspiration to our Intel family and his thinking at the core of our innovation culture.”
In 1950, Moore wed Betty Irene Whitaker, who is still alive. Sons Kenneth and Steven, together with four grandkids, also survive Moore. Please follow us on our Twitter account for more information on recent pἀssings and obituaries of important people.