Ed Roberts, Creator of Early PC, Dies

Friday Apr 2nd 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and Steve Wozniak pay homage to the inventor of the first PC.

cnet: Yesterday, one of the personal computing industry's earliest pioneers, Ed Roberts, died at the age of 68.

In 1975, Roberts founded a company called Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) which created the Altair 8800, widely credited as the first PC. The Altair caught the eye of young Bill Gates and Paul Allen, who met with Roberts.

"Ed was willing to take a chance on us--two young guys interested in computers long before they were commonplace--and we have always been grateful to him," Gates and Allen said. "The day our first untested software worked on his Altair was the start of a lot of great things. We will always have many fond memories of working with Ed in Albuquerque, in the MITS office right on Route 66--where so many exciting things happened that none of us could have imagined back then."

Roberts left the computing industry in the 1970s and became a physician with a practice in Georgia.

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