The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the nation's premier science and technology museums, announced today that it has selected Intel co-founder and technology industry luminary Gordon Moore as its 2007 James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award recipient. The prestigious award, sponsored by Applied Materials, Inc., honors individuals whose leadership is helping society find solutions to some of humanity's greatest challenges. It will be presented to Dr. Moore during The Tech's annual Tech Museum Awards Gala on November 7, 2007. Through the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Gordon Moore has contributed over $1 billion and countless hours toward the goal of improving the quality of life for future generations, and he has contributed millions more through his own personal philanthropic efforts.
Established in 2001, The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., honors 25 Laureates from around the world (individuals, for-profit, public and not-for-profit organizations), selected from among hundreds of nominees, who are developing innovative ways to use technology to solve global challenges. Five of these Laureates share a $250,000 cash prize. The recipient of the Global Humanitarian Award is someone whose broad vision and leadership is inspirational to current and future generations of innovators using technology to benefit humanity. Past recipients of this award have included Bill Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Kristine Pearson, Executive Director of the FreePlay Foundation; and James C. Morgan, Chairman of Applied Materials and a key leader in the creation and development of The Tech Museum Awards.
"Gordon Moore's vision and leadership made possible incredible technological innovations that have helped shape society today," said Jim Morgan, Chairman of the Board for Applied Materials. "In the many years that I have known Gordon, he has always been passionate about technology's potential to benefit humanity and the environment. Through his work at Intel, his foundation and his philanthropic efforts, Gordon has made a tremendous positive impact on many lives around the world."
The mission of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is to form and invest in partnerships to achieve significant, lasting and measurable results in environmental conservation, science and the San Francisco Bay Area. On the environmental front, the Foundation's goal is to change the ways in which important terrestrial and coastal marine ecosystems are used to conserve critical ecological systems and functions for future generations, while allowing current uses to be sustained. The Science program seeks to make a significant impact on the development of provocative, transformative scientific research, and to increase knowledge in emerging fields through investment in the work of researchers and organizations at the frontiers of science. And in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Foundation is working to protect unique and irreplaceable lands, support science and technology museums, and improve nursing-related patient outcomes in adult acute-care hospitals.
"I feel privileged to have the resources to help tackle some of the great issues facing us here at home and around the world," said Gordon Moore. "The James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award is the unexpected icing on the cake, and I am deeply honored to receive it. I look forward to meeting the 2007 Tech Museum Awards Laureates, and to encouraging them on their paths."
"While The Tech Museum Awards serve to encourage the best of global innovation, the individual recipient of the Global Humanitarian Award serves as a shining example of the difference one person can make in the lives of thousands, if not millions of people," said Peter Friess, President of The Tech Museum of Innovation. "Gordon Moore is such an example-his technological innovations continue to be a benchmark for greatness to generations of upcoming scientists and engineers, and his philanthropic work reminds us all of the power of innovative thinking when applied to the humanitarian concerns of our day."
About Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation was established in 2000 and seeks to develop outcome-based projects that will improve the quality of life for future generations. It concentrates funding in three program areas: environmental conservation, science, and the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit www.moore.org
About The Tech Museum of Innovation:
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. Located in San Jose, California - the Capital of Silicon Valley - its mission, as a public-benefit corporation, is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through hands-on exhibits, educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum of Innovation honors the past, celebrates the present, and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org