Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel Corp. who helped accelerate the digitization of everyday life and solidify Silicon Valley’s place in tech culture, died on Friday at his home in Hawaii, according to a statement on the company’s website. He was 94. He died peacefully surrounded by family, according to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a philanthropy group founded by Moore and his wife, Betty, in 2000. Further information on a cause wasn’t immediately available.
Moore and his colleague Robert Noyce founded Intel
in 1968, helping to hasten a decadeslong evolution of the chip and computer industries into the modern digital age. He became known for Moore’s Law—or his theory, hatched in the 1960s, that the number of transistors in a chip would roughly double every two years. Moore served a variety of executive roles at the chip maker, and retired from the company in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Betty, sons Kenneth and Steven, and four grandchildren. “Gordon Moore defined the technology industry through his insight and vision,” Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger said in a statement. “He was instrumental in revealing the power of transistors, and inspired technologists and entrepreneurs across the decades.”