Gordon Moore

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Gordon E. Moore is currently the chairman emeritus of the board at Intel Corporation. Gordon E. Moore was born in San Francisco on Jan 3, 1929. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1950, and a PhD in Chemistry and Physics from California Institute of Technology in 1954. He co-founded Intel in 1968 but only became president and CEO in 1975. He remained CEO until 1987 and was eventually named chairman emeritus in 1997.

Moore is known for making a predication which revolutionized the semiconductor industry. This predication is referred to as Moore's law. In an article he wrote in 1965 called, Cramming more components onto integrated circuits[1], he predicted that the number of components on a computer chip would double every year. A decade later in 1975, he changed his prediction to once every two years.

Moore’s law has since been the guiding principle in the semiconductor industry and has often had a chicken egg effect on chip manufacturers as they try to keep pace with the law.

Gordon E. Moore is on the board of directors of Gilead Sciences Inc and also serves on the board of trustees of his alma mater, California Institute of Technology. He received the National Medal of Technology in 1990 and the Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush in 2002.

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  1. Cramming more components onto integrated circuits[1]