Andrew Grove, a legend in the computer industry, a longtime Intel president and one of the most influential leaders in the new technology industry died Monday at 79.
Andrew Grove, born in 1936 in Budapest, a Jewish family, survived the war in hiding, and in 1956 emigrated to the United States. After completing his doctorate at Berkeley, he worked at Fairchild Semiconductor alongside Robert Noyce, inventor of silicon chip integrated circuits.
Founded in 1968 by Robert Noyce and Gordon E. Moore of Intel, Andy Grove was their first employee, taking the position of chief engineer. In 1979 he became president of the company and then its executive director. In 1998 – due to health problems (prostate cancer) – he resigned from this function, until 2004 still remaining chairman of the board.
Under his management, Intel has become the largest semiconductor manufacturer with earnings of $ 26 billion in the early 1990s, which has made it the world’s most valuable company.
The fact that Intel has survived and grown on the market despite all the changes in the industry has made its president a model for many of the Silicon Valley leaders. Numerous processor families including the legendary 386 and Pentium have become world-renowned brands, contributing to the development of the market and the availability of personal computers.