Ed Roberts: The Father of PC dies at 68, Bill Gates and Paul Allen Paid Tribute


The founder of Altair 8800, Dr Henry Edward Roberts died at the age of 68. Altair 8800, the machine that started the home computer era. This machine started the careers of Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Roberts founded the Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS).

According to Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak, Roberts has taken ” a critically important step that led to everything we have today”. He told technology website CNET.

When Roberts company has been struggling with debts in mid-1970’s, he then decided to invent a computer kit for hobbyist. It is already the Altair 8800. It was then featured in the cover of Popular Electronics in 1975. Among the individuals who were interested in the machine were Gates and Allen. They contacted Roberts and offered him to write a software code for his machine. The pair eventually moved to Albuquerque – the home of MITS – where they founded Micro-Soft, as it was then known, to develop their software: a variant of the Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (Basic). And the technology of computers emerges from then on.

Roberts died April 1 after his long bout of Pneumonia.