Dr. Gordon Moore (PhD '54, Chair Emeritus)
A pioneer in the semiconductor industry, Gordon Moore was chairman of Caltech's Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2000. He is also chairman emeritus of the Intel Corporation, one of the world's leaders in the semiconductor industry.
Moore co-founded Intel in 1968. Three years later, the company made history and helped launch the information revolution when it developed the silicon chip microprocessor, the device that made possible the personal computer. Initially serving as executive vice president, Moore became Intel's president and chief executive officer in 1975, and was Elected chairman and chief executive officer in 1979. He remained CEO until 1987, and was named chairman emeritus in 1997.
Moore is widely known as the formulator of "Moore's Law," a prediction he made in 1965 that the number of components the industry would be able to place on a computer chip would double every year. (In 1975, he updated that prediction to once every two years.) It has become the guiding principle for the semiconductor industry as it strives to deliver ever-more-powerful chips while decreasing the cost of electronics.
Moore is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a recipient of Caltech's Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush presented him with the National Medal of Technology, and he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2002.
A native of San Francisco, Moore received his BS from UC Berkeley in 1950 and his PhD in chemistry and physics from Caltech in 1954.
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