Gordon E. Moore

Gordon E. Moore was born on January 3, 1929 in San Francisco California. Moore is an American engineer and cofounder, with Robert Noyce, of Intel Corporation.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1950, from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1954 he received his Ph.D. in chemistry and physics from California Institute of Technology. Moore soon realized that private industry offered more exciting research with greater potential rewards. In 1956 he began to work for Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory; the laboratory was researching manufacturing methods for silicon-based transistors. In 1968 Moore established Intel Corporation, and they decided to merge theory and practice by forcing research scientists and engineers to work directly on the production of chips, especially the magnetic oxide semiconductor memory chips that became Intel’s first big commercial success.

Moore was vice president from 1968 to 1975, president from 1975 to 1979, chief executive officer from 1975 to 1987 and lastly chairman of the board of directors from 1979 to 1997) of Intel Corporation. In 1993 he became chairman of the board of trustees of Caltech. in 1990, Moore was awarded the National Medal of Technology.

Aside from the accomplishments previously listed, Moore is best known for a special issue of the journal Electronics. Moore was asked to predict developments over the next decade. Moore formulated Moore’s law: The number of transistors per silicon chip doubles each year.


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