March 22, 2016 Last Updated 7:36 am

Andy Grove, longtime CEO of Intel, dead at the age of 79

The Valley has lost a true pioneer: Andrew Stephen “Andy” Grove, the longtime CEO of Intel died unexpectedly at the age of 79. No cause of death was announced immediately.

timemag-groveBorn into a Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary as András István Gróf, Grove moved to the US in 1957. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the City College of New York, then his Ph.D. from the Cal Berkeley in 1963. Grove joined Fairchild Semiconductor as a researcher shortly after graduating, then left for Intel in 1967, a company that was founded by Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore.

Grove was made president of Intel in 1979, and then CEO in 1987. Grove relinquished his CEO title in 1998, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Grove remained chairman of the board until November 2004.

Grove was much beloved in Silicon Valley, a man known for the modest management style (he worked out of a cubicle like other employees) that he learned from Noyce. He is often credited with fostering a creative, innovative environment, seen as a model throughout the Valley.

The New York Times: Andrew S. Grove, Longtime Chief of Intel, Dies at 79
San Jose Mercury News: Andy Grove, former Intel CEO and Silicon Valley icon, dies at 79

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