Making computers part of every home

The Centre for Computing History and Jason Fitzpatrick have been published in the Cambridge Evening News.

It might have had a tiny memory by today’s standards but the memories of those who found joy in their ZX Spectrum live on today. Reporter RAYMOND BROWN takes a trip back in time.

Jason Fitzpatrick sits in a C5 holding a ZX Spectrum and a calculator

It was 1982 and Chariots of Fire won a raft of Oscars, the Falklands War was raging and Prince William was born.
And the ZX Spectrum, the brainchild of Cambridge scientist Clive Sinclair, hit the shops – and changed the world.

He is probably most well known today for the commercial flop that was the C5 electric trike.
But in May 1979, his engineers began work on the machine that would give rise to the multi-million selling ZX Spectrum. Mr Sinclair – he wasn’t knighted until 1983 – wanted to create a home computer people could afford.

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