Sir Clive Sinclair dead aged 81 – Home computing pioneer and inventor dies after long sickness, daughter reveals


SIR Clive Sinclair, the British laptop pioneer, has died aged 81.

The inventor’s daughter talked about inside the present day he died after a long sickness at dwelling in London.

Sir Clive Sinclair, the British laptop pioneer, has died aged 81.Credit: News UK Ltd
The home computing pioneer had been suffering from a long-term illness
The dwelling computing pioneer had been affected by a long-term sicknessCredit: PA

Sir Clive turned a family set up after bringing laptop packages into individuals’s houses collectively collectively together with his ZX Spectrum.

The laptop would encourage the modern-day video video video games commerce, with lots of bosses realized the best option to make use of laptop packages on the ZX Spectrum.

As correctly as bringing laptop packages into high-street retailers at pretty priced value, Sir Clive invented the pocket calculator.

But his battery-powered Sinclair C5 tricycle did not promote an anticipated 100,000, with the corporate that made them going into receivership.


His daughter, Belinda, urged The Guardian: “He was a relatively improbable specific particular person. Of course, he was so intelligent and he was at all times occupied with every half.

“My daughter and her husband are engineers so he’d be chatting engineering with them.”

She added: “It was the ideas, the challenge, that he found exciting. He’d come up with an idea and say, ”there’s no point in asking if someone wants it, because they can’t imagine it”.”

Sir Clive based Sinclair Radionics after leaving faculty at 17 and working as a journalist.

During the early Nineteen Seventies, he invented numerous calculators which have been small and sufficient to swimsuit into pockets.

Sir Clive unleashed a revolution when he unveiled the ZX80 in January 1980 — the world’s first low-cost dwelling laptop.

You can not exaggerate Sir Clive Sinclair’s affect on the world

Dominik Diamond

It worth £79.95 in bundle type and £99.95 assembled, spherical a fifth of the price of varied dwelling laptop packages on the time.

His subsequent mannequin, the ZX81, worth £69.95 and he equipped larger than 250,000.

And the ZX Spectrum 48K, which acquired proper right here out in 1982 proved vastly in sort, with video video video games equal to Jet Set Willy.

Sir Clive predicted the rise of driverless autos and “wireless devices that would allow us to telephone and be telephoned wherever we choose”.


His success led to him amassing a £14 million earnings in merely two years and he was knighted in 1983.

But his Sinclair C5 battery-powered tricycle, launched in 1985, did not promote in its first 12 months, with Sinclair Vehicles sinking into receivership by the very best of the 12 months.

Sir Clive’spocket TV, the Sinclair TV80, furthermore failed earlier than the British laptop boffin equipped his company to Amstrad the next 12 months.

Tributes have poured in for Sir Clive inside the present day, with principal figures inside the pc video video video games world hailing him.

Dominik Diamond, the sooner presenter of Channel 4’s GamesMaster, talked about: “All your UK videogame firms inside the present day have been constructed on the shoulders of giants who made video video video games for the ZX Spectrum.

“You cannot exaggerate Sir Clive Sinclair’s influence on the world. And if we’d all stopped laughing long enough to buy a C5 he’d probably have saved the environment.”

Comics creator Tony Lee talked about: “Gutted to learn that Sir Clive Sinclair has died – my first computer was a ZX81, and I can honestly say that without my first paid writing job as a ‘Your Sinclair’ games reviewer in 1987, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Screenwriter Gary Whitta talked about: “Sir Clive Sinclair has died. One of the twentieth century’s good genius inventors and an precise father of the modern computing age.

“I”m not sure I’d be where I am today were it not for his ZX Spectrum igniting my love of computers and games. RIP!”

Sir Clive is survived by Belinda, his sons Crispin, 55, and Bartholomew, 52, 5 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Sir Clive's ex-wife, Angie Bowness
Sir Clive’s ex-wife, Angie BownessCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
The pair together in 1998
The pair collectively in 1998Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Sir Clive's home computer inventions made him a household name in the 1980s
Sir Clive’s dwelling laptop enhancements made him a family set up contained in the EightiesCredit: Avalon.crimson


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