IEEE Life Fellow Gordon E. Moore is the recipient of the 2008 IEEE Medal of Honor for “pioneering technical roles in integrated-circuit processing, and leadership in the development of MOS memory, the microprocessor computer, and the semiconductor industry.”
Moore cofounded Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. in 1957, in Mountain View, Calif., where he perfected the production of silicon planar epitaxial transistors, which became the salient process for manufacturing silicon ICs.
In 1968 he went on to cofound Intel Corp., which became the world’s largest semiconductor and memory technology company. In 1975 he became president and chief executive officer. He was president until 1979 and remained CEO until 1987. He now serves as chairman emeritus.
Three years before Moore helped found Intel, he predicted that the transistor density of integrated circuits would double every year for the next decade. Soon known as Moore’s Law, his prediction proved to be remarkably accurate far beyond that decade.
Moore is scheduled to receive the IEEE Medal of Honor, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, on 20 September at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Quebec City. The award consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate, and a cash honorarium.