Table of Contents
Clive Sinclair Biography – Clive Sinclair Wiki
Clive Sinclair (born Clive Marles Sinclair) was an English entrepreneur and inventor. He was known for his inventions such as the pocket calculator, ZX80, ZX81, and ZX Spectrum. Born in 1940 in the plush southwest London suburb of Richmond, Sinclair left school at the age of 17 and became a technical journalist. Aged 22, he formed Sinclair Radionics, his first company, making mail-order radio kits, including the smallest transistor radio in the world. He really came to prominence in 1973 with the world’s first pocket calculator, before turning his sights and passions into transitioning the world of computers to the confines of the home.
Sinclair launched his first affordable consumer computer in 1980, which cost less than 100 pounds ($135). The ZX80, which could subsequently be upgraded to the ZX81 with a bit more memory, may not have been sophisticated in today’s terms, but it broke new ground, opening up a world of new opportunities.
In 1982 came the iconic ZX Spectrum, which was certainly a step-change from its predecessors and which would not look too out of place today. Through the 1980s, it took its place in an increasingly crowded marketplace against the likes of the Commodore 64, the first Apple computers as well as those from Atari.
The Spectrum went on to become Britain’s best-selling computer. Not only did it help Sinclair become a multimillionaire, it made him a household name at a time the British economy was undergoing a radical transformation under then prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1983.
Outside inventing, his interests included poetry, running marathons and poker. He appeared in the first three seasons of the Late Night Poker television series and won the first season final of the Celebrity Poker Club spinoff, defeating Keith Allen.
Clive Sinclair Age
Clive Marles Sinclair was born on 30 July 1940, near Richmond, Surrey, England. He died on 16 September 2021, in London, England. He was 81.
Clive Sinclair Wife
Clive Sinclair Children
Sinclair had three children: Crispin, Bartholomew and Belinda.
Clive Sinclair Family
Clive Sinclair was born to George Sinclair and Thora Edith Ella Marles. He had two siblings; his brother Iain was born in 1943 and his sister Fiona in 1947. He is survived by Belinda, his sons, Crispin and Bartholomew, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Clive Sinclair Death
Inventor Sir Clive Sinclair died on 16 September 2021, at the age of 81. His daughter, Belinda Sinclair, said he died at home in London after a long illness. Belinda told the Guardian: “He was a rather amazing person. Of course, he was so clever and he was always interested in everything. My daughter and her husband are engineers so he’d be chatting engineering with them.”
British business mogul Alan Sugar tweeted: “So sad to hear about my good friend and competitor Sir Clive Sinclair. What a guy he kicked started consumer electronics in the UK with his amplifier kits then calculators, watches mini TV and of course the Sinclair ZX. Not to forget his quirky electric car. R.I.P Friend.”
Design Council wrote on Twitter: “We are very sad to hear that Sir Clive Sinclair has passed away. From inventing the pocket calculator to revolutionising home computing and kickstarting the British computer industry; his innovation changed the world. Rest in peace.”
Raspberry Pi said in a statement: “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. He was someone from whom the business behind Raspberry Pi has drawn great inspiration. He’ll be very sadly missed.”
Clive Sinclair Cause of Death
Clive Sinclair after a long battle with cancer.
Clive Sinclair Net Worth
Clive Sinclair’s net worth is estimated to be $100 million.