Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel Corporation and creator of Moore’s Law, has died at the age of 94 at his home in Hawaii, surrounded by his family.
Moore’s 1965 prediction that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double each year, what became known as Moore’s Law, helped shape the semiconductor industry, with millions of chips in everyday products. has paved the way for ubiquitous use.
By simplifying the design of semiconductors and manufacturing them on a large scale, Moore, along with future partner Robert Noyce, succeeded in replacing traditional vacuum tubes and their associated corn-like wires. Making transistors smaller and consuming less power has helped the electronics industry discover new use cases for integrated circuits.
With Noyce, Moore founded Intel in July 1968. Moore initially served as executive vice-his president before becoming president of the company in 1975. until he retired in 2006
Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted: “The world has lost a giant in Gordon Moore. Gordon Moore was one of the founding fathers of Silicon Valley and paved the way for the technological revolution. He was a true visionary who contributed to the cause, and all of us who followed are indebted to him. May he rest in peace.”
Gordon Earl Moore was born in San Francisco on January 3, 1929 and received his doctorate in chemistry from Caltech in 1954. In 1956 he joined Shockley Semiconductor.
He was awarded the National Medal of Engineering by President George HW Bush in 1990 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 2002.
Photo courtesy of Henry Ford Museum – “Collecting Innovation Today” interview with innovator Gordon Moore at Intel Corporation on Sept. 24, 2008.