Electronics (magazine)

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CategoriesTrade magazine
First issueApril 1930 (1930-April)
Final issue1995
CompanyMcGraw-Hill Education: until 1988
Verenigde Nederlandse Uitgeverijen: 1988-1989
Penton Media: 1989-1995
CountryUnited States

Electronics was an American trade journal that covered the radio industry and its later spin-offs in the mid-to-late 20th century. Its first issue was dated in April 1930.[1] The periodical was published under the title Electronics until 1984, when it changed temporarily to the new title ElectronicsWeek, but then reverted to the original title Electronics in 1985. The ISSN for the corresponding periods are: ISSN 0013-5070 for the 1930–1984 issues, ISSN 0748-3252 for the 1984–1985 issues with title ElectronicsWeek, and ISSN 0883-4989 for the 1985–1995 issues. It was published by McGraw-Hill until 1988, when it was sold to the Dutch company VNU.[2] VNU sold its American electronics magazines to Penton Publishing the next year.[3]

Generally a bimonthly magazine, its frequency and page count varied with the state of the industry, until its end in 1995. More than its principal rival Electronic News, it balanced its appeal to managerial and technical interests (at the time of its 1992 makeover, it described itself as a magazine for managers). The magazine was best known for publishing the April 19, 1965 article by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, in which he outlined what came to be known as Moore's Law.

Intel's hunt for Moore's original article[edit]

On April 11, 2005, Intel posted a $10,000 reward for an original, pristine copy of the Electronics Magazine where Moore's article was first published.[4] The hunt was started in part because Moore lost his personal copy after loaning it out. It soon became apparent to librarians that their copies of the article were in danger of being stolen, so many libraries (including Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) located and secured the articles. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was not so lucky, however, as the day after Intel announced the reward, they found that one of the two copies they owned was missing.[5] Intel has stated that they will only purchase library copies of the article from the libraries themselves, and that it would be easy to determine as most libraries bind their old magazines, requiring to cut the article from the bound book if a thief were to sell the article.[6] Intel ultimately awarded the prize to David Clark, an engineer living in Surrey, England who had decades of old issues of Electronics Magazine stored under his floorboards.[7]


  1. ^ "Introducing: The New, Biweekly Electronics", Electronics, May 1992, p. 22
  2. ^ Sale By McGraw-Hill
  3. ^ Penton Media, Inc. History
  4. ^ Reuters https://web.archive.org/web/20050413085535/https://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type%3DtechnologyNews%26storyID%3D8148789. Archived from the original on April 13, 2005. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ silicon.com, 2005
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-08-24. Retrieved 2005-07-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) NC News Wire
  7. ^ "Moore's Law original issue found". BBC News. 2005-04-22. Retrieved 2009-04-10.

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