This April marks the 50th Anniversary of Moore’s Law. Three years before co-founding Intel, Gordon Moore made a simple observation that has revolutionized the computing industry. It states, the number of transistors – the fundamental building blocks of the microprocessor and the digital age – incorporated on a computer chip will double every two years, resulting in increased computing power and devices that are faster, smaller and lower cost.
The City College of New York (CCNY), located in Harlem’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood, is a public institution that has long served immigrants and first-generation college students from families of modest means. Once hailed as the “Harvard of the working class,” CCNY was a cradle for distinguished intellectuals (Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, Irving Kristol, Sidney Hook), prominent politicians (Abe Beame, Herman Badillo, Robert Wagner, Sr.), and scientists (Andrew Grove, Arno Penzias, Herbert Hauptman). CCNY’s list of outstanding alumni also includes a number of Nobel laureates.
After decades of decline, CCNY is currently undergoing a renaissance. Enrollment recently surpassed 15,000 for the first time since the fiscal crisis of the 1970s forced New York State to take over the city’s public university system. Also, though City College had long lagged in private fund-raising, endowments shot up under its last president, Gregory Williams. Intel cofounder Grove helped establish the Grove School of Engineering with a $26 million gift in 2005. The rags-to-riches CCNY alumnus Bernard Spitzer (father of Eliot) endowed a school of architecture. In 2008, the white-shoe law firm Skadden Arps donated $10 million to establish an undergraduate legal-studies program.