Chuck Moore

IRL Name: 
Charles H. Moore

Charles Havice Moore II aka Chuck Moore is an American computer engineer and programmer, best known for inventing the Forth programming language in 1968. He cofounded FORTH, Inc., with Elizabeth Rather in 1971 and continued to evolve the language. Beginning in the early 1980s, Moore built a series of processors implementing Forth-like stack machines in hardware, including the Novix NC4000 and Sh-Boom. In the 2000s he designed a series of low-power chips containing up to 144 individual stack processors.


Moore developed the colorForth dialect of Forth, a language derived from the scripting language for his custom VLSI CAD system, OKAD. In 2001, he rewrote OKAD in colorForth and designed the c18 processor.