Sir Clive Sinclair Death – Obituary, Cause of Death, Survivors – Home computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair dies aged 81

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Sir Clive Sinclair Death – Obituary – An inventor and entrepreneur who played an important role in bringing home computers to the public have died on Thursday morning after suffering a long illness. He died at the age of 81.

Belinda Sinclair, 57, his daughter made it known to the public. She said, “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.”

Clive invented the pocket at a time when most existing models were the size of an old-fashioned shop, since the early 1970s. “He wanted to make things small and cheap so people could access them,” his daughter added.

A lot of modern-day titans gaming industries got their start on one of his ZX models. For a certain generation of gamers, the computer of choice was either the ZX Spectrum 48K or its rival, the Commodore 64.

Belinda Sinclair said: “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.’”

 

The Tesla, Elon Musk, and SpaceX chief wrote on Twitter to pay tribute to Sinclair, “RIP, Sir Sinclair. I loved that computer.”

He is survived by Belinda, his sons, Crispin and Bartholomew, aged 55 and 52 respectively, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

 

Tributes

The business mogul Lord Sugar paid tribute to his “good friend and competitor” on Twitter, writing: “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.”