California Institute of
Gordon & Betty Moore Professor
of Engineering & Applied Science, Emeritus
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Phone: 626.395.2812


Carver A. Mead- 2002 National Medal of Technology

Credit: National Science & Technology Medals Foundation

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My First Chip

Date: 10-02-2017
Location: Caltech, Pasadena, CA

Credit: Caltech


The MoneyShow San Francisco - C. Mead

Date: 07-16-2015
Location: San Francisco, CA

Credit: The MoneyShow

The New Universe:
Microelectronics pioneer Carver Mead, who also holds over 50 US patents and has founded more than 20 companies, will discuss how a vast sea change in society is being wrought by modern information technology. Economic, social, political, and enterprise stuctures and practices will never be the same. Almost unnoticed amongst the babble, a whole new concept of the universe is unfolding.

Moore's Law: Past and Future

Date: 04-17-2015
Location: Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California

Credit: Computer History Museum

In partnership with the Chemical Heritage Foundation, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law with a two-part symposium.

In the afternoon, Brock will moderate a panel session on the past and future of Moore’s Law. Panelists include 2002 Museum Fellow Carver Mead, the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology, and William H. Davidow, partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, former Intel executive and author of several books on technology, including Overcorrected. The afternoon panel will also feature the Silicon Valley premiere of a 13-minute video of Gordon Moore himself speaking on Moore’s Law, its impact, and future.

G4v: An Engineering Approach to Gravitation - C. Mead

Date: 04-21-2015
Location: Caltech

Credit: CaJAGWR / Caltech

This seminar is part of the Caltech/JPL Association for Gravitational-Wave Research (CaJAGWR) Seminar Series.

Read the talk abstract:

The Universe and Us: An Integrated Theory of Electromagnetics and Gravitation

Date: 02-24-2015
Location: TTI/Vanguard's Biotech & Beyond, San Diego, California

Credit: TTI/Vanguard

Carver Mead presents The Universe and Us: An Integrated Theory of Electromagnetics and Gravitation


Carver Mead Celebration Symposium

Speakers: Richard Lyon, Stephen Kurtin, David Johannsen, Telle Whitney, Shih-Chii Liu, Chris Diorio, Lloyd Watts, and Jamil Tahir-Kheli.

Date: 08-08-2014
Location: Caltech's Beckman Institute Auditorium, Pasadena, California

Credit: Caltech

This presentation was given at Carver Mead Celebration Symposium: In Honor of Carver's 80th Birthday event held at Caltech's Beckman Institute Auditorium on August 8, 2014, in Pasadena, CA, USA.

Produced in association with Caltech Academic Media Technologies. © 2014 California Institute of Technology


ISSCC 2013 - The Evolution of Technology - C. Mead

Date: 02-18-2013
Location: Marriott Marquis Hotel, San Francisco, California

Credit: ISSCC

The following links are articles written in response to Carver Mead's plenary talk given on February 20, 2013 at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco. In May, the plenary video will be posted both here and publicly on the ISSCC website.
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Plenty of Room in the Middle: Nanoscience - The Next 50 Years

Date: 01-1-2011
Location: Caltech

Credit: Special Lecture Kavli Futures Symposium, Caltech.

The History of VLSI

Date: 02-1-2011
Location: University of Washington

Carver Mead presents "The History of VLSI" at the University of Washington.

2011 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge in Technologies

Credit: BBVA Foundation

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of Information and Communication Technologies goes to U.S. electrical engineer Carver Mead, for being "the most influential thinker and pioneer" of the silicon age, and for enabling "the development of the billion-transistor processors that drive the electronic devices -- for example, in laptops, tablets, smartphones, DVD players -- ubiquitous in our daily lives," in the words of the jury's citation.


EE Centennial Celebration Keynote

Date: 11-05-2010
Location: Caltech's Athenaeum, Pasadena, California

Credit: Caltech

Carver Mead delivers the Keynote at The Athenaeum Dinner Celebration, one of several events that took place honoring Caltech's EE Centennial in November, 2010.

Learn more about Caltech's Electrical Engineering Centennial Celebration:

Produced in association with Caltech Academic Media Technologies. © 2010 California Institute of Technology

ENGenious 7

Date: 2010
Location: Caltech, Pasadena, California

Alumni Profile: Carver Mead
ENGenious met with Caltech alumnus Carver Mead (BS ‘56, MS ‘57, PhD ‘60) to learn more about his passions and how his Caltech education shaped him. For the past 50 years, Carver Mead has focused his research and teaching on the physics and technology of electron devices. He is a prolific inventor and is extremely creative. He also loves to teach, encouraging his students to create clean designs and contribute more than their share.

Credit: Trity Pourbahrami, Editor, ENGenious


Moore's Law 40th Anniversary with Gordon Moore

Date: 09-29-2005
Location: Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California

Credit: Computer History Museum

2005 marks the 40th anniversary of Moore's Law, Gordon E. Moore's 1965 observation and prediction about the exponential growth in the power of semiconductor technology. Moore observed that semiconductor technology had doubled in power every year and predicted that it would continue along this developmental path. Originally named Moore's Law several years later by the physicist Carver Mead, that simple observation has proven to be the bulwark of the world's most remarkable industry. In 1975, Moore updated this to a doubling about every two years. History has thus far proven Moore's law correct, and this special conversation between Moore and Mead looks back on the past 40 years on what has made this electronics revolution possible.

Telecosm 2005: The Singularity Is Here

Date: 09-26-2005 to 09-28-2005
Location: The Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California

[Audio Guide] [Agenda] [Online Photo Album]


Carver Mead, Winner of 1999 Lemelson-MIT Prize

Credit: The Lemelson Foundation

A trigonometry book and electrical equipment from a power plant was all Dr. Carver Mead needed to whet his appetite for math and physics as a child. Traversing the Sierra Nevada Mountains to attend the California Institute of Technology as a young adult, Mead embarked on a lifelong journey in physics and microelectronics—where he would revolutionize the semiconductor industry with very-large-integrated circuits. In 1999, he was awarded the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize.


Carver Mead - Semiconductors

Date: 03-1997
Location: San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California

Credit: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Carver Mead's talk on semiconductors at ACM97 - The Next 50 Years of Computing.