Gordon Moore, Intel’s founding father, described himself as an “accidental entrepreneur,” but others believed he was a talented engineer who helped found one of the largest companies in the semiconductor industry. Already in the sixties of the last century he managed to predict the development principles of the entire branch. Gordon Moore died last Friday at the age of 94.
The Intel co-founder was long retired and spent his final days in a home in Hawaii surrounded by his family and loved ones. He has been married to his wife Betty since 1950 and they have two children. After a well-deserved break, Gordon Moore spent a lot of time traveling and fishing, and the last of his hobbies led him to set up a charitable foundation dedicated to protecting aquatic life in different regions of the world. Gordon Moore’s net worth was estimated at $7.2 billion by Forbes magazine earlier this year.
Born in San Francisco in 1929, Gordon Moore was educated at the California Institute of Technology and received regular financial support after his retirement. Moore received his doctorate in 1954 and formulated his famous empirical principle for the development of the semiconductor industry in a scientific article in 1965. At first he predicted that the density of transistors per unit area of a semiconductor circuit would double every year, later this step extended to a year and a half, and then to two.
Gordon Moore began his career at Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, where he met Robert Noyce. In 1957 they founded Fairchild Semiconductor with their comrades and left in 1968 to found Intel Corporation, initially called Integrated Electronics. The first hired employee of the company was Andy Grove (Andy Grove), who was responsible for the overall management of the company and continued to contribute to the success of the company in the last two decades of the last century.
Gordon Moore was Intel’s Executive President until 1975, serving as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1979 to 1987, a position he held until 1997. Moore finally left Intel in 2006 to focus on philanthropy and his own interests. Intel Corporation values the contribution that its co-founder has made to the fate of the entire semiconductor industry by carefully guarding the very “Moore’s Law” that has become increasingly difficult to obey in recent years in development.