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Ed Roberts PC pioneer is no more

April 2, 2010

On April 2, 2010 Ed Roberts who created MITS ALTAIR computer, died t the age of 68

Writing BASIC program for MTS ALTAIR gave the much needed break for Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen; in the process, PC industry was created

A product of Oklahoma State University, Ed Roberts pursued Medicine as his second career (due to a 5 year condition that he will not make another computer when ALTAIR was acquired for a million dollar) and practiced Medicine till recently

Interesting twist; ALTAIR was perhaps the first general purpose inexpensive computer; Ed Roberts must be credited with the invention of PC in a way, though he never got the credit

Bill Gates and Paul Allen visited the ailing Ed Robets recently, a nice gesture for the two uber-rich billionaires