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Sir Clive Sinclair: Personal computing pioneer missed out on being Britain's Steve Jobs


Obituary Sir Clive Sinclair, the visionary pioneer of computing for the British masses and creator of the legendary ZX Spectrum, has died at the age of 81. His legacy is the British tech scene as we know it today.

Born in leafy Richmond, Surrey, at the height of the Battle of Britain in July 1940, he came to epitomise the early era of British computing through his company Sinclair Research Ltd and its iconic Spectrum product line.

Fondly remembered by a generation of modern-day British tech and computing leaders, the ZX Spectrum was named for its colour output, a rarity in the mostly monochrome days of 1982. Launched in April that year, just as another war (the Falklands) seared its way into the British national consciousness, Sir Clive's crowning glory brought not only the simple fun of gaming but coding, programming, and the building blocks of computer science to ...


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