Friday, April 2, 2010

Ed Roberts, September 13, 1941 - April 1, 2010

Henry Edward Roberts, developer of the first popular personal computer, the Altair, died yesterday at the age of 68.

He is best know in the technology world for producing the Altair, based on Intel's 8080 microprocessor. This kit computer was popularized in the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics. It was also the host for the first Microsoft product, Altair BASIC, developed by Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

Roberts made radical career changes in the 1980s, first becoming a farmer, and then entering medical school and becoming a physician in rural Cochran, Georgia.

More on Roberts can be found in this Wikipedia article.

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