Ed Roberts

1941 - 2010

Ed Roberts

Henry Edward "Ed" Roberts (September 13, 1941 – April 1, 2010) was an American engineer, entrepreneur and medical doctor who invented the first commercially successful personal computer in 1974. He is most often known as "the father of the personal computer." He founded Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) in 1970 to sell electronics kits to model rocketry hobbyists, but the first successful product was an electronic calculator kit that was featured on the cover of the November 1971 issue of Popular Electronics. The calculators were very successful and sales topped one million dollars in 1973. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ed Roberts has received more than 8,253 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 111th most popular computer scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Ed Roberts ranks 110 out of 187Before him are Richard E. Stearns, Jan Koum, Robert Fano, Stephen Wolfram, Michael Stonebraker, and Jaron Lanier. After him are Charles P. Thacker, John L. Hennessy, Betty Holberton, Michael Dertouzos, Andy Rubin, and Kathleen Antonelli.

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Among people born in 1941, Ed Roberts ranks 337Before him are Gilbert Kaplan, Fred West, Lester Bowie, Epeli Nailatikau, Charlotte Stewart, and Giancarlo Bercellino. After him are Helen Reddy, Stanislav Stratiev, Laura Mulvey, Bas van Fraassen, Stokely Carmichael, and Dennis Sullivan. Among people deceased in 2010, Ed Roberts ranks 252Before him are Hédi Annabi, John Shepherd-Barron, Gregory Isaacs, Paul Drayton, Harry Vos, and Ferdinand Oyono. After him are Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Guru, Alex Higgins, James MacArthur, Philippe Séguin, and Hal Connolly.

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Among people born in United States, Ed Roberts ranks 6,046 out of 12,171Before him are Johnny Nash (1940), Tenley Albright (1935), Sid Wilson (1977), George Kojac (1910), Denise Crosby (1957), and Jeffrey Eugenides (1960). After him are Doug Aldrich (1964), J. Lawton Collins (1896), Bukka White (1906), Renee O'Connor (1971), Ray Allen (1975), and Michael Harney (1956).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Ed Roberts ranks 62Before him are Paul G. Comba (1926), Arthur Samuel (1901), Bill Joy (1954), Eugene Garfield (1925), Richard E. Stearns (1936), and Jaron Lanier (1960). After him are Charles P. Thacker (1943), Andy Rubin (1963), Randy Pausch (1960), James H. Clark (1944), David Patterson (1947), and Phil Zimmermann (1954).

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