Andrew S. Grove, the former CEO of Intel died yesterday at the age of 79. Grove became Intel’s president in 1970 and CEO in 1980, and was the first person to be hired by Intel after Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore left Fairchild Semiconductor to create the company. It was under his leadership that Intel decided to shift from making memory chips to semiconductors and in the process, made Intel one of the most recogniseable technology brands in the world.
Andy Grove was born as András Gróf in Budapest, Hungary in 1936. He immigrated to the United States in 1956-57 after having survived the Nazi and Soviet occupation. He studied chemical engineering at the City College of New York and completed his Ph.D at the University of California at Berkeley. After graduation, Grove was hired by Gordon Moore to work at Fairchild Semiconductor as a researcher. After the shift to semiconductors, the company produced a number of notable chipsets such as the Intel 4004, 386, and Pentium, which in Intel’s words, “helped usher in the PC era.”
Intel Chairman Andy Bryant said, “Andy approached corporate strategy and leadership in ways that continue to influence prominent thinkers and companies around the world. He combined the analytic approach of a scientist with an ability to engage others in honest and deep conversation, which sustained Intel’s success over a period that saw the rise of the personal computer, the Internet and Silicon Valley.” Grove was married to Eva for 58 years and had two daughters and eight grandchildren.