Russell A. Mittermeier
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Abstract of Interview
Russell A. Mittermeier discusses the involvement of Gordon E. Moore in Conservation International over the previous eighteen years. He reviews Moore's increasing support of the organization, especially his contribution to building the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science, which has since produced many influential conservation theories. He describes Moore as a good match with Conservation International given Moore's appreciation of its scientific approach and organizational management. Mittermeier then highlights Moore's steady hand leading the board of directors and transforming the organization. Lastly, Mittermeier reflects on how Moore's experience at Conservation International influenced the founding of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and notes the Moores' influence in attracting Silicon Valley to the cause of conservation.
Table of Contents
Establishment of Conservation International. Moore's connection through John A. Young. Peter Seligmann.
Early financial support. Center for Applied Biodiversity Science. Growth of center with Moore's increased support. Publication of influential conservation theories. Moore's recognition of the need for sound scientific footing.
Demeanor. Travels to Suriname. Moore's fit with Conservation International. Ramifications of the Moore Foundation's large gift to Conservation International. Innovations at Conservation International.
Moore's role on the board of directors. Parallels between management of Conservation International and Intel. Moore's influence in transforming the organization. Moore connects to the scientific mission of Conservation International.
Influence of Moore's relationships at Conservation International. Lew Coleman. Kenneth F. Siebel. Dan Martin.
Influence of Betty Moore. Involvement of the Silicon Valley community. Impact of Moore's credibility.
Final thoughts on Gordon E. Moore.
About the Interviewer
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.