Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel who predicted how quickly engineers would boost the capacity of computer chips, kickstarting the digital age, has died aged 94. Moore, who held a PhD in chemistry and physics, made his famous observation – now known as “Moore’s Law” – three years before he helped start Intel in 1968. The prediction, which Moore said he plotted out on graph paper based on what had been happening with chips at the time, said that the capacity and complexity of integrated circuits would double every year. It became a standard for the tech industry’s progress and innovation. Moore later became known for his philanthropy when he and his wife established the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which focuses on environmental conservation, science, patient care and projects in the San Francisco Bay area. It has donated more than $5.1bn to charitable causes since its founding in 2000. Despite his wealth and acclaim, Moore remained known for his modesty. In 2005, he referred to Moore’s Law as “a lucky guess that got a lot more publicity than it deserved”. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty, sons Kenneth and Steven, and four grandchildren.
Gordon Moore, Co-Founder of Intel, Passes Away at 94 Years Old
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