Gordon E. Moore

Gordon E. Moore
Gordon E. Moore
  • From:

    Intel Corporation | Santa Clara, California

  • Year:

    2002

  • Subject:

    Materials Science

  • Award:

    Bower Award for Business Leadership

  • Citation:

    For his pioneering role and continuing contributions to the semiconductor industry and for his generous commitment to community service. Moore's technical and entrepreneurial leadership as founder of Intel is characterized by continuous innovation that resulted in enhanced microprocessor speed, miniaturization, and reduced cost, which have transformed the modern world.

Gordon E. Moore earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Physics from the California Institute of Technology.

Moore co-founded Intel in 1968, serving initially as Executive Vice President. He became President and Chief Executive Officer in 1975 and held that post until elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1979. He remained CEO until 1987 and was named Chairman Emeritus in 1997. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation.

Moore is widely known for "Moore's Law," proposed in 1965, in which he predicted that the number of transistors the industry would be able to place on a computer chip would double every year. In 1995, he updated his prediction to once every two years. While originally intended as a rule of thumb, Moore's Law has become the guiding principle for the industry to deliver ever-more-powerful semiconductor chips at proportionate decreases in cost.

Moore is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE, Chairman of the California Institute of Technology Board of Trustees, and received the National Medal of Technology in 1990.

Information as of April 2002