Moore was born in San Francisco, California. He received a B.S degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1950 and a Ph.D in Chemistry and Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1954.
He co-founded Intel Corporation in July of 1968, serving as Executive Vice President until 1975 when he became President and Chief Executive Officer. In April 1979, Dr. Moore became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, holding that position until April 1987, when he became Chairman of the Board. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus.
The library at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge is named after him and his wife Betty.
See also: the "Traitorous Eight"