Andy Grove, one of the architects of Silicon Valley’s growth into the world’s center of technology creation, died on Monday. He was 79.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Intel chairman and CEO Andy Grove,” Bloomberg quoted Intel Corp. chief executive Brian Krzanich as saying in a statement on the company’s website.
“Andy made the impossible happen, time and again, and inspired generations of technologists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.”
The Hungarian-born refugee was one of the founders of Santa Clara, California-based Intel, playing a key role in building the company from a startup in the 1960s to the world’s largest semiconductor maker, a title it still holds, Bloomberg said.
Grove, who literally wrote the book on how to foresee and overcome a corporate crisis with “Only the Paranoid Survive”, also broke new ground by making the component maker a household name central to the worldwide adoption of the personal computer.
Always seeking to pass along the benefits of his experiences, Grove acted as a mentor to many of Silicon Valley’s elite — from Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg.
He “was one of the giants of the technology world,” Apple Inc. chief executive Tim Cook said in a Twitter post. “He loved our country and epitomized America at its best.”
Grove was born as Andras Grof on Sept. 2, 1936, in Budapest to a middle class Jewish family.
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