I was saddened today to hear (albeit rather belatedly) about the death of the some-time pioneering micro-computer engineer Ed Robterts. Roberts died on 1st April 2010: aged just 68.
Roberts’ creation, the Altair 8800 was, arguably, the most important personal micro-computer ever made. It was the machine that made the dream of a personal computer viable… Yes, of course, the Apple ][ was the machine that brought “personal” computing to the masses – but there wouldn’t have been the Apple ][, had it not been for the market that the Altair created.
Roberts was a true pioneer – leaving behind the industry he created, long before it became the billion-dollar industry it would become; and instead taking up the white-coat of a doctor of medicine…