Robert N. Naughten
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Abstract of Interview
Robert N. Naughten grew up in rural California during the Great Depression. He attended Sequoia High School and met Gordon Moore partially through football and swimming. Moore and Naughten commuted from home to San Jose State University for two years before moving to University of California, Berkeley. The two became roommates and were part of the co-op program. Upon graduating from the pre-med program Naughten was called to participate in the Naval Reserve's effort in the Korean War. After returning from two tours in Korea, Naughten migrated to the East Coast to attend medical school at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Returning to California for an internship at Highland General Hospital, Naughten and his family endured several years of economic hardship before he opened a private practice in Los Gatos, California. Naughten and Moore only reconnected at a recent Berkeley alumni event. Naughten concluded the interview with reflections on the philanthropic contributions of Gordon and Betty Moore and traits that make Gordon Moore an ideal CEO.
Table of Contents
Mother's family heritage. Father's family heritage. Siblings and growing up in the Great Depression. Sequoia High school and choosing a university. Meeting Gordon Moore.
Commuting to San Jose State University. Friendship with Gordon Moore. Betty Moore. Pre-med program at University of California, Berkeley. Co-op living with Gordon Moore. Applying to medical school. Joining the Naval Reserve. Time in Korea.
Returning from Korea. Applying to medical school again. Hahnemann University. Living on the East Coast. Returning to California to start private practice.
Regional changes since Silicon Valley. Gordon and Betty Moore's philanthropy. Thoughts on Gordon Moore's character and personality.
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.