Altair 8800 First Home PC Inventor Dr. Roberts Passes Away

April 2, 2010, By Atul Roach

It was all because of one man who had the vision of a ‘Personal Computer’ that we are able to use these amazing computers, netbooks, laptops and tablets today. Dr. Henry Edward Roberts, the pioneer and inventor of Altair 8800 home PC has passed away at the age of 68, after a long bout of pneumonia . He was the man who sparked the home computer era and it was because of him that people like Bill Gates exist today.

Bill gates and Paul Allen indeed contacted him first when they saw his Altair 8800 home PC on the front cover of a magazine. Both quickly became interested in the PC and offered to write software for it. The software at that time was called the Altair-Basic, something that later became the foundation of the Microsoft business.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen mentioned in a statement:

Ed was willing to take a chance on us – two young guys interested in computers long before they were commonplace – and we have always been grateful to him. The day our first untested software worked on his Altair was the start of a lot of great things.

Devicemag salutes the genius of Dr.Roberts, ‘father of the PC’, who has left behind a legacy that the world will always benefit from. [via: BBC]

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