Tim Cook Pays Tribute to the Late Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore

Gordon Moore, co-founder and former chairman of Intel, died on Friday, March 24. He was 94. Tributes to the technology pioneer were shared on social media by Silicon Valley industry leaders over the weekend, including one from Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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"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," said Cook in a tweet. "All of us who followed owe him a debt of gratitude. May he rest in peace."

In 1965, Moore famously claimed that the capacity and complexity of computer chips would double every year (10 years later, he revised this prediction to a doubling every two years). His prediction regarding the exponential growth of computer chip technology, which held up for decades, became known as Moore's Law.


Moore and business partner Robert Noyce founded Intel, originally named Integrated Electronics, in 1968. The two advocated for the use of semiconductor chips to power a wealth of consumer electronics, and made laptop computers affordable for hundreds of millions of people. Moore eventually became chairman and CEO of the company in 1979, and served as CEO for eight years.

In 2005, Apple transitioned the CPUs of its Mac and Xserve computers from PowerPC to the x86 architecture from Intel. The partnership lasted for 15 years until Apple announced that it would shift its Mac line to Apple silicon in 2020.

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jayryco Avatar
16 months ago
Ha! I just learned Intel stands for Integrated Electronics ?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maflynn Avatar
16 months ago
Truly was a founding father of what we now enjoy.

I still remember the unbridled excitement of what the personal computer could do back early 1980s. Much of what we enjoy today is due to the work of Intel and Moore in the 1970s and 80s.

His passing brings remembrance of all that was good in the early computer era.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ProfessionalFan Avatar
16 months ago
Many people point to "Moore's Law" without knowing who the man behind it was. Hopefully stories like this will enlighten some people.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sciomar Avatar
16 months ago

Moore was a visionary leader who understood that to be successful one must never take anything for granted. Keep working tirelessly and never ever be content with today’s success, as it only takes a moment to loose your way and become tomorrow’s failure.

Unfortunately, many in Silicone Valley have forgotten this lesson.
It's a lesson most have failed to learn even outside Silicon Valley. Don't compete with others, compete against the better you.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ProfessionalFan Avatar
16 months ago
Classy gesture from Mr. Cook.

I echo his sentiments and hope Mr. Moore rests in peace.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Leon Ze Professional Avatar
16 months ago

Many people point to "Moore's Law" without knowing who the man behind it was. Hopefully stories like this will enlighten some people.
TBH, I was one of these people you spoke of.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)