Gordon Moore, a pioneer of the microprocessor industry and co-founder of Intelonce the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, died Friday at age 94, the company said.
Moore was a titan in the technological transformation of the modern era by helping companies to have ever more powerful and smaller chips.
An engineer by trade, he co-founded Intel in July 1968 and eventually served as its president, chief executive officer and headed the board of directors.
Moore died “surrounded by his family at his home in Hawaii,” noted Intel.
The Santa Clara, California-based company was in its early years known for its constant innovation to become one of the most important technology firms.
The mind behind “Moore’s Law.”
Moore is credited with the theory that was later christened “Moore’s Law“according to which integrated circuits would double their power every year, which he later recalculated to every two years.
The axiom remained for decades in industry jargon and became synonymous with the rapid technological advance of the modern world.
Moore retired from Intel in 2006.
During his lifetime, he donated more than $5.1 billion to charitable causes through the foundation he created with his wife Betty, to whom he was married for 72 years.
“While he never aspired to be a household name, Gordon’s vision and life’s work enabled the phenomenal innovation and technological developments that shape our lives on a daily basis,” said Harvey Fineberg, president of the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.
Tributes from Intel
“He was instrumental in unveiling the power of transistors and inspired technology people and entrepreneurs for decades,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer (CEO) of Intel.
“He leaves behind a legacy that changed the lives of every person on the planet. His memory will live on,” Gelsinger added on his Twitter account.