SCI (Society of Chemical Industry) has named Dr Gordon E. Moore, Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation, as winner of the 2004 Perkin Medal. Moore will receive the award at the 98th annual Perkin Medal Award Dinner on September 14 in Philadelphia, USA.
Moore predicted the industry’s ability to exponentially increase the amount of transistors that could be placed on a silicon chip and open the doors for semiconductor chips to become the lowest cost and most efficient method for delivering complex electronics to the masses. This observation has become know as ‘Moore’s Law’ and remains a guiding principle for today’s worldwide $200 billion semiconductor industry that feeds a trillion dollar a year electronics industry.
The Perkin Medal, the highest honour given for outstanding applied chemistry in the United States, is bestowed upon scientists and engineers who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the quality of life and the world competitiveness of the U.S. economy. Moore, one of the pioneers of the semiconductor industry, is noted for some of his key technological efforts that helped create the world’s first integrated circuit at Fairchild Semiconductor and the world’s first microprocessor and several other cornerstone products at Intel Corporation.
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