Geek Of The Week: Gordon Moore

Geek Of The Week: Gordon Moore

Filling in for Mike this week…

Gordon Moore, IT visionary, is the co-founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor. He, and former GOTW Robert Noyce, started Farichild (with 6 others) in 1957, and Intel (as a duo) in 1968. Moore served as executive vice president of Intel until 1975 when he became president. In 1979, he accepted the title of CEO and held that position until 1987. He is, without a doubt, one of the definitive players in the evolution of the silicon chip.

Moore with Robert Noyce, 1978

However, Moore contributed another notable tidbit to the world of technology. He is credited with a simple hypothesis which is now known as Moore’s Law. It states, the number of transistors that can be inexpensively placed on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every 2 years (later modified to state every 1.5 – 2 years). In other words, computing power becomes twice as powerful (or half as expensive) every 18-24 months. Moore made this statement in 1965, and it has more or less remained true to this day.

Moore was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor in 2008 for his contributions to the microprocessor industry. He and his wife Betty started a charitable foundation known simply as The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. This organization has endowed over $5.8 billion dollars since its inception. From IT visionary to billionaire to benevolent philanthropist, Moore has done it all. Now, he can add Geek of the Week to his long list of accomplishments. 🙂

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avatar KALE: A geek who works in the IT field and lives in Dallas, TX. He is also a music geek who has played in several local bands. Previous to his IT career, Kale worked as a photojournalist. He brings technical advice and artistic counterpoint to the podcast.