Dr. Morris Chang is the founding Chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC), which was established in 1987. TSMC pioneered the dedicated silicon foundry business model and has served as a powerful force in building both the foundry industry and the fabless semiconductor industry.
Prior to his career in Taiwan, Dr. Chang’s career was in the United States. He was the President and Chief Operating Officer of General Instrument Corporation from 1984-1985, and prior to that, he served at Texas Instruments for 25 years (1958-1983), where he was Group Vice President responsible for worldwide semiconductor business for six years.
Dr. Chang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1952 and 1953, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1964. He has received honorary doctorates from seven universities.
Dr. Chang received the Visionary Award from SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics), and was named a Stanford Engineering Hero by Stanford University in 2014, named one of the world’s 30 best CEOs by Barron’s magazine in 2013, and in 2012 was awarded Businessman of the Year by Forbes Asia magazine and made a Laureate of the Industrial Technology Research Institute. He received the IEEE Medal of Honor, the R.O.C. Order of the Brilliant Star, and the SEMI Akira Inoue award for green management in 2011; the EE Times Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009; and the highest honor of the Semiconductor Industry Association(U.S.), its Robert N. Noyce Award, in 2008. He also received the Nikkei Asia Prize in 2005; the IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal for Exceptional Contributions to Microelectronics Industry in 2000; and the “Exemplary Leadership Award” of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) in 1999.
Dr. Chang is a Member of National Academy of Engineering (U.S.A.), a Life Member Emeritus of MIT Corporation , and Fellow of the Computer History Museum.