1942 - Born in Seattle, Washington on the 19th of May.
1972 - Kildall briefly returned to UW and finished his doctorate in computer science, then returned to NPS.
1973 - Intel lent him systems using the 8008 and 8080 processors, and he developed the first high-level programming language for microprocessors, called PL/M.
1980 - IBM approached Digital Research, at Bill Gates's suggestion, to license a version of CP/M called CP/M-86 for its upcoming IBM PC.
1983 - He started hosting a public television program on the side, called Computer Chronicles, that followed trends in personal computing.
1985 - Released the first computer encyclopedia, Grolier's Electronic Encyclopedia.
1991 - Kildall oversaw the creation of DRI's own graphical user interface, called Graphical Environment Manager Desktop. Novell acquired DRI in a deal that netted millions for Kildall.
1992 - Kildall was particularly annoyed when the University of Washington asked him, as a distinguished graduate, to attend their computer science program anniversary, but gave the keynote speech to college dropout Gates.
1994 - Died on the 11th of July.
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