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Friday, April 2, 2010

R.I.P. Dr Henry Edward Roberts

Dr. Henry Edward Roberts, inventor of the Altair 8800 – considered by some to be the first “personal computer” – died yesterday at the age of 68.

The Altair 8800 was a switch-based computer, and it caught the attention of Bill Gates and Paul Allen, who moved from suburban Seattle to Albuquerque, NM (where Roberts lived at the time) to found Micro-Soft and write an  the BASIC language – to help people program it.

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 7:22 am  

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