Early Intel Chip Engineer Victor Poor Dies at 79

Paul Lilly

Another pioneer in the field of PCs has passed away, adding to what seems like an unusually large number of deaths in the technology sector during the past year or so. This time it's Victor Poor, a mostly self-taught engineer who began working at Intel in 1969 and helped develop the chip maker's first single chip microprocessor later known as the 4004. A marvelous piece of silicon at the time, the 4004 was a 4-bit CPU that made use of new silicon gate technology.

Poor also had a hand in creating the 8008, which would later lead to the 8088 family of microprocessors. The original IBM PC was based on the 8088, which helped Intel forge a trail of dominance that continues to this day.

According to a report in The New York Times , Poor retired in 1984 and took a liking to sailing, a hobby that led to his development of a wireless communication system called Aplink, which was widely adopted by radio amateurs, the U.S. military, and state and local emergency teams. It was one of just a few communication systems that worked after Hurricane Katrina hit.

Poor, 79, died on August 17, 2012 of pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Florence Ann Poor; a son, Meredith; daughters Noreen Poor and Shirley Jean Schmidt; and a sister, Dixie Lee Hagerth.

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