Clive Sinclair

Clive Sinclair

Sir Clive Marles Sinclair (born July 30, 1940) is a well-known British entrepreneur and inventor of the world's first 'slim-line' electronic pocket calculator in 1972 (Sinclair Executive) and the ZX80, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum computers in the late 1970s and early 1980s, amongst many other things. The ZX80 was the UK's first mass market home computer to be sold for under £100. Sinclair has been fascinated by electronics and miniaturization since his teenage years. In 1961 he founded Sinclair Radionics Ltd after spending several years as assistant editor for Practical Wireless and Instrument Practice to raise funds.

In recent years Sinclair has become a keen poker player. He appeared in the first three seasons of the Late Night Poker television series. He won the first season final of the Celebrity Poker Club spin-off, defeating Keith Allen. His most recent invention is the A-bike, a folding bicycle aimed towards commuters that weighs 5.5 kg (12 lbs) and folds to a very small size for easier carrying on public transport.

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Historical Timeline for Clive Sinclair :

Date Event
25 Jul 1961 Clive Sinclair founds Sinclair Radionics
1972 Clive Sinclair introduces the first pocket calculator
5 Mar 1981 Sinclair ZX81 Computer Launched
23 Apr 1982 Sinclair ZX Spectrum Launched
16 Jun 1982 News Article : Clive Sinclair is awarded a knighthood
7 Nov 1985 News Article : Clive booked!
7 Apr 1986 Amstrad Buys Sinclair Research IP




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Publication articles relating to Clive Sinclair :

Item Publication Date
Clive Sets the Pace [News Item]
Uncle Clive will be donning his sweaty tracksuit to set the pace in a half-marathon to be held in July.
ZX Computing Summer 1982 May 1982
Timex Buys it Up [News Item]
Sinclair Research have signed a deal with Timex in America to get the ZX81 sold through some 171,000 retail outlets in the states.
ZX Computing Summer 1982 May 1982
Clive Sinclair is awarded a knighthood [News Item]
Arise, Sir Micro-chip! - Clive Marles Sinclair has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Popular Computing Weekly Vol 2 No 24 - 16-22 June 1983 16th June 1982
Interview with Sir Clive Sinclair [Interview] Personal Computer World - October 1990 October 1990

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