View Full Version : Dr. Henry Edward Roberts ... RIP

April 2nd, 2010, 07:35 PM
For the kiddies that think computers grew on trees:

This is the guy that kick started the personal PC (and MS is not the ONLY PC)

May he rest in peace and thank you.

April 2nd, 2010, 07:36 PM
May he rest in peace as well.

April 2nd, 2010, 08:51 PM
Just read about it, it's sad.
RIP my good man, and thanks !

Seen a few documentaries about him, the Altair, etc.

April 2nd, 2010, 09:13 PM
Dr. Roberts was one of those people that opened the door for us to have home computers.

The 8080 microprocessor was intended to be used in peripherals; such as, "smart terminals", connected to mainframes. It wasn't intended to be a computer in itself.

Dr. Roberts proposed using it as a computer, and made the Altair 8800.

I was an engineer at the time. Many people thought the idea was ridiculous, it would never work, and who would use it anyway.

RIP, Dr. Roberts