CM – British computer inventor and entrepreneur Clive Sinclair has died at the age of 81


He became really famous in 1973 with the world’s first calculator, before he turned his visions and passions to bring the world of computers to the limits of the home.

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In this file photo dated September 18, 1977, Clive Sinclair, founder of Sinclair Radionics, a New York-based company, shows Microvision television in New York. (Photo | AP)

LONDON: Clive Sinclair, the British inventor and entrepreneur who has done arguably more than anyone to inspire a whole generation of children with a lifelong passion for computers and games, has passed away.

Sinclair, who became known in the early 1980s for a line of affordable home computers that gave millions their first glimpse into the world of programming and the adrenaline rush of screen gaming, died Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer.

Even though he was ailing, his daughter Belinda Sinclair said he was still inventing until last week.

« He was inventive and resourceful and for him it was exciting and an adventure, it was his passion, » said she the BBC.

Sinclair was born in 1940 in Richmond in the posh London suburb of Richmond. He left school at the age of 17 and became a specialist journalist before deciding that he and the world would be better off using his intelligence to invent himself.

At the age of 22, he founded Sinclair Radionics, his first company to make radio kits by mail order, including the smallest transistor radio in the world.

He really got famous for the world’s first calculator in 1973 before turning his visions and passions towards the world of Bringing computers to the frontiers of the house.

Because of his successes and occasional failures, he became a popular figure in the UK and around the world.

Honors came from modern equivalents like Elon Musk as well as countless « normal » People who were excited about computers and games for the first time by one of Sinclair’s inventions.

Sinclair brought its first affordable consumer computer to the M in 1980 arkt, which cost less than 100 pounds.

The ZX80, which could later be upgraded to the ZX81 with a little more memory, was not mature from today’s perspective, but it broke new ground and opened a world full of new possibilities. </ In 1982 the iconic ZX Spectrum hit the market, which was certainly a step up from its predecessors and wouldn't look too out of place today.

In the 1980s, it took its place in an increasingly crowded market Models like the Commodore 64, the first Apple computers and Atari’s.

Not only did it help Sinclair become a multimillionaire, it also made him a household name at a time when the British economy was falling then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher underwent a radical change.

The benefits of Spectrum and its competitors were widely felt, leading to a boom in software and hardware manufacturing companies.

The British business mogul Alan Sugar, who with his company Amstrad was one of the main protagonists of this new era of building services, paid tribute to his « good friend and competitor ».

« What a guy he has kicked in Great Britain with his Amplifier kits, then calculators, mini TVs and of course the Sinclair ZX which launched consumer electronics. Not to forget his bizarre electric car. R.I. P. Friend, ”he said on Twitter.

Many people will remember Sinclair best for this » whimsical « Sinclair C5, an ill-fated electric tricycle that was heralded as the future of green transportation but turned out to be expensive flop turned out.

« He had an idea and said: There’s no point in asking if someone wants it because they can’t imagine it. »

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