Microsoft founders lead tributes to 'father of the PC'

 

Dr Henry Edward Roberts was a man many may not have heard of, but he is basically one of the founding fathers of the modern PC, sadly he has died at the young age of 68 after fighting pneumonia. He is fondly remembered by the founding members of Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

The "father of the personal computer" who kick-started the careers of Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen has died at the age of 68.

Dr Henry Edward Roberts was the inventor of the Altair 8800, a machine that sparked the home computer era.

Gates and Allen contacted Dr Roberts after seeing the machine on the front cover of a magazine and offered to write software for it.

The program was known as Altair-Basic, the foundation of Microsoft’s business.

Full story HERE at BBC Tech News.

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2 Responses to Microsoft founders lead tributes to 'father of the PC'

  1. Lady says:

    so It\’s his fault I spend so much time on my home PC? lolthanks for the link, and no, I hadn\’t heard of him either. It\’s amazing how fate seems to take a hand. If Gates and Allen hadn\’t seen the magazine cover, who know\’s how far behind we\’d be now technology wise. LadyPx

  2. David says:

    Cheers for the comment, yeah I do wonder where me may have been also in computing if as you mention Gates and Allen didnt see that magazine cover and contact Henry Roberts

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