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Kildall, Gary

Born: 1942 AD
Died: 1994 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Computer Scientist

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.