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Conference marks 40th anniversary of Moore's Law

A symposium featuring Gordon E. Moore and leaders in chemistry and technology

Chemical Heritage Foundation

PHILADELPHIA -- On 13 May 2005, the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) will host an all-day symposium, "Moore's Law at 40: Chemistry and the Electronics Revolution." Gordon E. Moore and leaders in chemistry and technology will discuss both the impact of Moore's law and the enabling role of chemical science and engineering in the development of the semiconductor industry. The event will begin with a public lecture the evening before the symposium.

In 1965 Gordon Moore published an observation and prediction about the exponential growth in the power of semiconductor technology--now known around the globe as "Moore's law." Over the 40 years since this initial publication, the semiconductor industry has produced a remarkable array of innovations that have kept it on the developmental curve of Moore's law. Indeed, this developmental pattern has become such a defining feature of the industry and its technology that current industry-wide efforts aim explicitly at continuing Moore's law well into the future.

"It is a great privilege for us to hold this important event," said Arnold Thackray, president of CHF. "The technological revolution and pace of change defined by Moore's law touches billions of lives around the globe. CHF is launching a much-needed historical assessment of this pervasive principle of modern life."

When he received the Othmer Gold Medal in 2001, Moore delighted an audience of chemistry professionals by declaring, "The semiconductor industry is a chemical industry." CHF's symposium will reflect upon and assess the role of the semiconductor as the most revolutionary technology of the past half century--a technology that is critically enabled by chemical science and engineering.

Symposium speakers include:

  • Gordon E. Moore
    Chairman Emeritus and Cofounder, Intel

  • Raj L. Gupta
    Chairman and CEO, Rohm and Haas

  • Carver Mead
    Chairman and Founder, Foveon

  • Paul Otellini
    President and COO, Intel

  • Elsa Reichmanis
    Director, Polymer and Organic Materials Research, Lucent Bell Labs

  • AnnaLee Saxenian
    Dean, School of Information Management and Systems, University of California, Berkeley

  • Harry Sello
    Founder, Harry Sello and Associates


    About the Chemical Heritage Foundation

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