Death of Clive SInclair

Fred Cisin cisin at
Sun Sep 19 20:46:14 CDT 2021

On Sun, 19 Sep 2021, Murray McCullough via cctalk wrote:
> Clive SInclair was a British entrepreneur who designed and built very small
> computers back in the early days of 8-bit computing. Whether he created a
> 'first' as Fred argues doesn't lessen his role in microcomputing history.
> Let's celebrate pioneers who gave us what we have today.
> Happy computing.
> Murray 🙂

He did some amazing stuff, particularly in bringing the prices down to 
where the general public could buy them.

We'll never forget the ZX81, a wedge doorstop with a picture of a keyboard 
on it, that was a minimal computer that anybody could afford.

He did not invent the pocket calculator.  He used parts that had been 
designed by TI explicitly for calculators.  But, he was an early 
and clever developer of cheap ones for the public.

His role was not INVENTING, as everything that he made already existed, 
but engineering ways to make the inventions smaller and cheaper.  And he 
was great at that.

He will be missed.

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at

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