Haute 100: Gordon Moore to Be Honored With This Year’s Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals


Haute 100 lister and business magnate Gordon Moore will be among the honorees to be presented with one of this year’s Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals, the University of Virginia announced.

On April 13th, the university will celebrate Thomas Jefferson, who is touted as the “Father of the University of Virginia” birthday. In honor of the founding father, UVA and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation will join together to present the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals to recognize those who achievements embrace endeavors in which Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president, believe was most important—architecture, law, citizen leadership, and new this year, global innovation.

Moore, who is the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation and the author of Moore’s law, will be recognized for all of his pioneering work in semiconductor electronics, which helped establish Silicon Valley and drive the technology today. He will receive the Medal in Global Innovation.

In a statement, University of Virginia Darden School of Business Dean Scott Beardsley said, ““Gordon’s prediction that microchips made of silicon transistors would transform computing, making electronics powerful, cheap and accessible, has had a major impact on society. He envisioned the replacement of clunky mainframe computers with sleek, new technologies that have led to global connectivity and groundbreaking tools, which have advanced the human experience.”

In addition to Moore, the 2016 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals will be awarded to:

  • Cecil Balmond OBE: Medal In Architecture
  • John Gleeson: Medal in Law
  • Marian Wright Edelman: Medal in Citizen Leadership

The medalists will be recognized at a luncheon in UVA’s Garrett Hall, where Terry Sullivan, president of UVA, and Leslie Greene Bowman, president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, will present this year’s medalists with UVA’s highest honor. There will also be a formal dinner at Monticello. Medalists Obe, Gleeson and Edelman are slated to give a lecture regarding their field of expertise. The lectures are free and open to the public.