New Delhi (India), 26th March 2023: Gordon Moore, a co-founder of Intel Corp. and a pioneer in the semiconductor industry whose “Moore’s Law” foretold a long-term increase in computing power, passed away on Friday at the age of 94, according to the company.
He passed away at his home in Hawaii, according to Intel and the Moore family’s philanthropic organisation, surrounded by loved ones.
As one of the three founding members of Intel in 1968, Moore was the rolled-up-sleeves engineer who ultimately helped “Intel Inside” CPUs find their way into more than 80% of all personal computers in use today.
Moore noted in a 1965 article that since the development of integrated circuits, the number of transistors on microchips had approximately doubled annually due to technological advancements.
Moore’s Law, which was later changed to every two years, was named after him and his forecast that the trend of rising microchips would continue. It encouraged Intel and other chipmakers to actively target their R&D resources to ensure that the rule of thumb held true.
Following Moore’s article, chips developed at an exponential rate in terms of efficiency and cost, propelling much of the global technological advance for half a century and enabling the development of not only personal computers but also the internet and Silicon Valley behemoths like Apple, Facebook, and Google.
Additionally, he supported the SETI project and donated hundreds of millions to his alma school, the California Institute of Technology, to keep it at the forefront of science and technology.
President George W. Bush bestowed Moore with the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian award, in 2002. He had two kids with his wife.