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Gary Kildall

Computer Scientist Gary Kildall

Profession: Computer Scientist

United States of America

Biography: Inventor of the CP/M operating system and founder of Digital Research, Inc. (DRI) in Pacific Grove, California. Gary Kindall's invention became the default operating system for microprocessors and an important step in the personal computer revolution.

Kindall died in unfortunate circumstances, probably as the result of a fall in 1994.

Born: May 19, 1942
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: July 11, 1994 (aged 52)
Cause of Death: Blunt force trauma to the head

Historical Events

  • 1974-10-01 US Computer scientist Gary Kildall presents the prototype of his CP/M operating system in his backyard toolshed