Gordon Moore, pioneer of the microprocessor industry and co-founder of Intel, died Friday at the age of 94, the company said.
Moore was instrumental in the development of modern computing by helping companies get ever smaller and more powerful chips.
Intel, founded in 1968, was for many years the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer.
An engineer by training, he co-founded Intel in July 1968 with his former colleague Robert Noyce and eventually served as its president, chief executive officer and chair of the board of directors.
Prior to the founding of Intel, Moore and Noyce were involved in founding Fairchild Semiconductor, where they played a central role in the commercial production of diffused silicon transistors and, later, the world's first commercially viable integrated circuits.
The world lost a giant in Gordon Moore, who was one of Silicon Valley's founding fathers and a true visionary who helped pave the way for the technological revolution.
All of us who followed owe him a debt of gratitude.
May he rest in peace.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 25, 2023
Moore is credited with the theory known as Moore's Law, according to which integrated circuits would double their power every year, which he then recalculated every two years.
The axiom stuck for decades in industry jargon and became synonymous with the rapid technological advancement of the modern world.
Moore retired from Intel in 2006. Over the course of his life, he has donated more than $5.1 billion to charitable causes through the foundation he created with his wife Betty, whom he was married to for 72 years.
R.I.P. Gordon Moore.
His vision of him inspired so many of us to pursue technology, was an inspiration to me.
Thoughts with his family from him and everyone at Intel https://t.co/8bzKDJ8l79
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) March 25, 2023
“The world has lost a giant in Gordon Moore, one of the founding fathers of Silicon Valley and a true visionary who helped pave the way for the technological revolution,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
“All of us who follow him owe him a debt of gratitude.
Rest in peace".
“His vision of him inspired many of us to work in technology, he was an inspiration to me.
My thoughts are with his family and his colleagues at Intel, ”the CEO of Alphabet, Google's parent company, said on Twitter on his behalf.
“He was instrumental in revealing the power of transistors and inspiring techies and entrepreneurs for decades,” summarized Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO.
“He leaves behind a legacy that changed the lives of every person on the planet.
The memory of him will live on,” he added on his Twitter account.
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