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Ed Roberts


The daddy of the non-public computer. He made the Altair 8800, the initial widely successful Computer. He founded Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) to market electronics sets to hobbyists. He almost went bankrupt along with his initial popular item: a calculator. He constructed the Altair 8800 in the recently created Intel 8080 microprocessor. It produced the cover of Popular Consumer electronics and purchases from hobbyists flooded in. He was wedded 3 x and acquired six kids. His product motivated Costs Gates and Paul Allen to build up the BASIC software program for this, their firm Microsoft’s initial product.

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Full Name Edward V. Roberts
Date Of Birth September 13, 1941
Died March 14, 1995, Berkeley, California, United States
Place Of Birth Florida
Profession Entrepreneur
Education University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley, College of San Mateo
Nationality American
Spouse Rosa Cooper, Joan Clark
Children Dawn Roberts, Martin Roberts, John David Roberts, Edward Roberts, Melvin Roberts, Clark Roberts
Awards MacArthur Fellowship
Star Sign Virgo

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The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires1996TV Movie documentaryHimself (founder, MITS)
When Billy Broke His Head... and Other Tales of Wonder1995DocumentaryHimself

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