Global tributes pour in to Sir Clive Sinclair

September 17, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Global tributes pour in to Sir Clive Sinclair
Tributes have been made around the world to UK entrepreneur Sir Clive Sinclair who died yesterday aged 81.

“I was sad to learn of the death of Sir Clive Sinclair, a pioneering British entrepreneur who helped to change the face of personal computing. My very first experience of programming was on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum,” said Nigel Toon, co-founder and CEO of UK AI chip developer Graphcore.

“RIP, Sir Sinclair. I loved that computer” said Elon Musk, CEO of US electric car maker Tesla who grew up in South Africa.

“RIP Sir Clive Sinclair. Your innovations democratized computing and inspired so many, including myself. I vividly remember my first computer, a ZX80, and the sense of wonder and empowerment I felt. It was your device that sparked my passion for engineering,” said Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft CEO who grew up in India.

“The first computer I ever owned was the Sinclair ZX-81. A short period after I thought I had bought a super computer when I received the Sinclair Spectrum. My watch now has 1000’s of times the processing power. RIP, you were a visionary…except the C5…” said Scott Bateman of aerospace consultancy 9-line Media.

“The tributes to Clive Sinclair promote me to dig out my first calculator,” said Peter Claydon, president of UK RISC-V chip designer Picocom. “I think I bought it in 1975 for about £14, which was a fortune to me at the time. I loved it.”

“It’s an incredibly sad day for the British computing industry. We’re always going to be very grateful to Sir Clive for being one of the founding fathers of the UK home computing boom that helped so many of us at Raspberry Pi get hooked on programming as kids,” said the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “He was someone from whom the business behind Raspberry Pi has drawn great inspiration. He’ll be very sadly missed.”

“We have lost a true visionary, disruptor and gentleman. He brought us the computers that for so many of us, would


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