Carver Mead is an inventor, chip designer, entrepreneur, and university physicist. Mead helped to develop the standards and tools that permitted tens of thousands of transistors to be packaged on a single silicon chip, what is known as very large-scale integration (VLSI).
Gordon Moore credits Mead with coining the term "Moore’s Law" to describe the notion that the number of transistors that can be packaged on an integrated circuit will double every two years, and Mead performed the physics calculations to prove it.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Mead has been associated with the California Institute of Technology since his undergraduate years. He joined the faculty in 1958 before receiving his Ph.D. in 1960. He has founded more than 20 companies, including Synaptics and Impinj.