John H. Crawford

1995 Eckert-Mauchly Award Recipient

"In recognition of your impact on the computer industry through your development of microprocessor technology"


John Crawford is an Intel Fellow, Digital Enterprise Group, and sets the architectural direction for emerging power and reliability technologies for future Intel® Processor Server platforms.

When Crawford joined Intel as a new college graduate in 1977, he worked 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. He was responsible for defining the company's 32-bit architectural extensions to the already successful 8086/186/286 16-bit product line. In this capacity, he set the architectural direction and later participated in the design of the processor by leading the microprogram development and test program generation. Crawford made similar contributions as Chief Architect of the Intel486™ processor. Crawford co-managed the design of the Pentium® processor up through a successful product launch in 1993.

Crawford headed the joint Architecture Research with Hewlett-Packard that developed the Itanium family architecture, Intel's 64-bit Enterprise product line. He has been involved with the Itanium family of products since its inception in 1994.

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 in 1975, and a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1977. Crawford holds 23 patents.

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