Tech Community Mourns Loss of Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore


In memory: Intel announces that co-founder and semiconductor pioneer Gordon Moore died at his home yesterday, March 24. Moore, whose list of contributions covers everything from new technologies to conservation, has helped shape the technological landscape we know and trust. for today. He continued to create and support advances in conservation, patient care, and scientific discovery with his 72-year-old wife Betty Irene Whitaker Moore.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Intel announced Moore’s death after his peaceful demise at his home in Hawaii. He is survived by his wife Betty, sons Kenneth and Stephen, and four grandchildren.

Moore’s list of achievements is long, spanning decades of technological innovation. After graduating from the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in 1958, Moore joined Fairchild Semiconductor, eventually becoming director of Research and Development. During this period, Moore noticed that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit (IC) doubles approximately every two years, which is now commonly known as “Moore’s law”.

In July 1968, Moore and another colleague founded NM Technologies, which later became Intel Corporation. Moore served as executive vice president of Intel until he became president of the company in 1975. He later served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Intel, and in 1997 was appointed Honorary Chairman of Intel until his official retirement in 2006.

In addition to his contributions to the technological landscape, Moore has a long history of philanthropic work. In 2000, he and his wife founded the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The Foundation sponsors projects in a variety of subjects, including astronomy, biology, data-driven discoveries, and marine microbiology. Since its first grant in 2001, the Foundation has funded 3,724 grants in the fields of science, environment, Bay Area conservation and patient care totaling more than $4.9 billion.

Moore has a collection of honors and confessions too long to list. In 2022, Intel renamed its Ronler Acres campus in Oregon to Gordon Moore Park in Ronler Acres. His RA4 building was also renamed The Moore Center, and the cafe is now known as The Gordon.

The renaming followed Moore’s impressive list of life achievements and recognitions. In 1998, he was enrolled in the Computer History Museum. In 2002, Moore received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. In 2008, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers awarded the pioneer in the field of silicon with the prestigious IEEE Medal of Honor.

“Gordon Moore defined the technology industry through his insight and vision,” praises Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. “He has played an important role in unlocking the possibilities of transistors and has inspired technologists and entrepreneurs for decades. We at Intel are still inspired by Moore’s law and intend to follow it until the periodic table is exhausted. Gordon’s vision lives on as our true north as we harness the power of technology to improve the lives of every person on Earth.My career and most of my life have been shaped by the opportunities fueled by Gordon’s leadership at the helm of Intel, and I am proud of the honor and responsibility to continue his legacy.”


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