Prolific British inventor, Clive Sinclair, to whom we owe notably the first portable electronic calculator in 1972, died Thursday at 81 years old.
Clive Sinclair, the British inventor behind the pocket calculator and affordable home computers, died Thursday at age 81, his family told media.
He died at his London home after battling cancer for more than a decade, British media reported, earning tributes from many who fondly remember their first computer experience in the early 1980s .
Last week he was still working on inventions “because that’s what he loved to do,” his daughter Belinda Sinclair told the BBC. “He was inventive and imaginative and for him it was exciting and an adventure, it was his passion,” she added.
Among Clive Sinclair’s groundbreaking inventions was the first portable electronic calculator in 1972. The Sinclair ZX80, launched in 1980 and sold for less than £ 100 at the time, helped democratize home computing in Britain and elsewhere. .