Technology pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair has died at the age of 81, his family has confirmed.
The entrepreneur was most widely known for popularizing the use of the home computer and was also the inventor of the pocket calculator.
His ZX Spectrum inspired future generations of video game developers, with many honing his skills at the computer, which was a competitor to the Commodore 64.
His daughter Belinda told Guardian That he died at home in London on Thursday morning.
She told the newspaper: “He was a wonderful person. Of course, he was very smart and he was always interested in everything. My daughter and her husband are engineers so he must be talking to them about engineering.
Sir Clive had little success with his Sinclair C5 tricycle, which he struggled to sell, and the company that built them eventually went into liquidation.
The first home computer he built was called the ZX80 and sold for £79.95 in kit form with over 50,000 units sold.
They followed it up with the ZX81 before releasing the ZX Spectrum 48K in 1982, which became a pivotal moment in the games industry and featured a series of games that would later be considered classics such as Jet Set Willie, Saboteur and Lords of Midnight. .
Sir Clive was knighted in 1983 and later sold his computer business to Amstrad.
Despite spending her life in the world of technology, she didn’t have a computer, didn’t have an email address, and her daughter said she never used the pocket calculator she invented.
Ms. Sinclair said: “It was the idea, the challenge, that he found exciting. He would come up with an idea and say, ‘There’s no point in asking someone, because they can’t imagine it.’”
Sir Clive is survived by his daughter, two sons, Crispin and Bartholomew, and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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