John Crawford

2014 Fellow

For his seminal work on industry-standard microprocessor architectures

"My advice to someone joining the workforce in the computer industry today would be to look for a role that’s at the boundary of computation."

— John Crawford

John Crawford retired in 2013 after a 35-year career as a software engineer and computer architect at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California, advancing to the position of Intel Fellow.

Crawford joined Intel in 1977 as a Software Engineer developing software tools for Intel's 8086 processor; including the code generation phase of Intel's Pascal compiler for the 8086. In 1982, he became the Chief Architect for the Intel386™ microprocessor, responsible for defining the company's 32-bit architectural extensions and later participated in the design of the processor by leading the microprogram development and test program generation. Following this, he was Chief Architect of the Intel486 processor, and later co-managed the design of the Pentium© processor. Crawford headed the joint Architecture Research with Hewlett-Packard that developed the Itanium family architecture, Intel's 64-bit Enterprise product line. He later was responsible for setting the architectural direction for emerging power and reliability technologies for future Intel© Processor Server platforms.

In 1995, Crawford received the ACM/IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award for contributions to computer and digital systems architecture. Crawford received the IEEE Ernst Weber Engineering Leadership Recognition in June 1997. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002.

Crawford received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Brown University, and a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Crawford holds 38 patents in the field of Computer Engineering.

Crawford is a born-again Christian and a member of Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga, California. He has served as a Leader, Director, and Music Leader of an Awana club, Boy Scout Assistant Scoutmaster, Cub Scout Den Leader, Coach for a MathCounts team, judge at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Girl Scout leader, Engineering Week All-Star, Principal for a Day, and drilled a well in Honduras with Living Water International.


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