Russell A. Mittermeier

Born: November 8, 1949

Russell A. Mittermeier discusses the involvement and increasing support of Gordon E. Moore in Conservation International, especially his contribution to building the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science. He describes Moore as a good match with Conservation International given Moore's appreciation of its scientific approach and organizational management, leading the board of directors and transforming the organization at large. 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. 

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Interview Details

Interview no.: Oral History 0358
No. of pages: 14
Minutes: 38

Interview Sessions

David C. Brock
15 April 2007
By telephone

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

Moore's Early Involvement with Conservation International
1

Establishment of Conservation International. Moore's connection through John A. Young. Peter Seligmann.

Moore's Support
2

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.

Moore's Approach to Conservation
3

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.

The Organization of Conservation International
6

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.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
9

Influence of Moore's relationships at Conservation International. Lew Coleman. Kenneth F. Siebel. Dan Martin.

The Moores
9

Influence of Betty Moore. Involvement of the Silicon Valley community. Impact of Moore's credibility.

Conclusion
10

Final thoughts on Gordon E. Moore.

Index
12

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.