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Ronald Duarte

  • Born: May 7, 1930

  Interview Details

Interview no.: 0344
Interview Date: June 13, 2006
Location: Telephone Call, Pescadero, California
Interviewer: David C. Brock
No. of pages: 11
Sponsor: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

  Abstract of Interview

Ronald Duarte begins the interview by discussing his family history, and how the family came to settle in Pescadero, California. Duarte and Gordon E. Moore grew up together in Pescadero, until Moore and his family moved away in the late 1930s. Duarte and Moore attended the same grammar school, although Moore was a year older than Duarte and they did not take any classes together. Duarte recalls fond memories of Moore's mother, and memories of Moore's two brothers. Duarte and Moore kept in touch for a time after Moore moved to Redwood City, California, from Pescadero, and now they only see each other when Moore visits Pescadero.

  Table of Contents

Title and Description Page

Early Childhood and Family History 1

Pescadero. Portuguese heritage. Azores. Coming to the United States. Boston. San Francisco. Half Moon Bay. San Mateo County Sheriff. Williamsons from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Growing up with Gordon Moore 2

Gordon Moore's mother Myra. Gordon Moore moving to Redwood City. Getting into trouble with a wagon. Gordon Moore visiting Pescadero. Gordon Moore tinkering. Grammar School. Sequoia High School. Friends. Gordon Moore as a student.

Gordon Moore's Family 3

Gordon Moore's father Walter. Fishing. Walter Moore, Jr. and Francis Moore.

Redwood City 5

Family bar. Donald Duck. Using explosives. Softball.

Gordon Moore as an Adult 6

Visiting Pescadero. Open Space Commission. Betty I. Moore. Kenneth and Steven Moore.

Changing Community of Pescadero 8

Farming. Horses. Tavern.

How to Think about Gordon Moore 9


Index 10

  About the Interviewer

David C. Brock

David C. Brock is a senior research fellow with the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As a historian of science and technology, he specializes in the history of semiconductor science, technology, and industry; the history of instrumentation; and oral history. Brock has studied the philosophy, sociology, and history of science at Brown University, the University of Edinburgh, and Princeton University.

In the policy arena Brock recently published Patterning the World: The Rise of Chemically Amplified Photoresists, a white-paper case study for the Center’s Studies in Materials Innovation. With Hyungsub Choi he is preparing an analysis of semiconductor technology roadmapping, having presented preliminary results at the 2009 meeting of the Industry Studies Association.

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