RIP Ed Roberts, creator the Altair 8800

by on April 2, 2010 · 0 comments

Ed Roberts, designer of the first commercially successful personal computer, died yesterday in Georgia at the age of 68.

Roberts founded the MITS company in 1970 and in 1975 developed the first personal computer, the Altair 8800.  Soon Bill Gates and Paul Allen came calling, and later sold their first commercial software to Roberts.  The Altair also served as the catalyst for the Homebrew Computer Club whose members included Apple Computer co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Roberts took a risk on an untested market and launched the PC revolution.  He was a true entrepreneur and will continue to be a hero to geeks like me.

Harry McCracken at PC World has posted some very kind words about Roberts.  Bill Gates and Paul Allen have also posted a statement at

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