Phil Moorby

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Phil Moorby is an engineer and computer scientist. Moorby was born and brought up in Birmingham, England, and studied Mathematics at Southampton University, England. Moorby received his Masters in computer science from Manchester University, England in 1974. He moved to the United States in 1983.[1]

While working in Gateway Design Automation, in 1984 he invented the Verilog hardware description language,[2] and developed the first and industry standard simulator Verilog-XL. In 1990 Gateway was purchased by Cadence Design Systems.

In 1997 Moorby joined startup company SynaPix, where he worked on match moving and video tracking algorithms for automatically extracting 3D models from video frames, using techniques such as optical flow, motion field and point clouds.

Moorby joined Co-Design Automation in 1999, and in 2002 he joined Synopsys to work on SystemVerilog verification language.[1]

On October 10, 2005 Moorby became the recipient of the 2005 Phil Kaufman Award for his contributions to the EDA industry, specifically for development and popularization of Verilog, one of the world's most popular tools of electronic design automation.[1]

On April 2016, Moorby was made a Fellow of the Computer History Museum, "for his invention and promotion of the Verilog hardware description language."


  1. ^ a b c "Phil Moorby - 2005 Phil Kaufman Award Honoree "
  2. ^ SystemVerilog for Design: A Guide to Using SystemVerilog for Hardware Design and Modeling, Stuart Sutherland, Simon Davidmann, Peter Flake, Springer, 2004, p. 358