Bob Wallace

Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Bob WallaceName: Bob Wallace

Born: May 29, 1949, in Arlington, Virginia, USA

Death: September 20, 2002 (Age: 53)

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer scientist and software pioneer and the ninth Microsoft employee (1978-1983).
  • Popularized the term shareware.
  • Developer of the word processing program PC-Write.
  • Founder of the software company Quicksoft and an "online drug guru."
  • Founded Mind Books, a bookstore that offered publications about psychoactive plants and compounds (1996).

Honors and awards

  • Served on the Board of Directors for the Heffter Research Institute.


"Within a dream (except for the occasional 'lucid' dream) I never know I am dreaming; I accept what is happening around me as real. Then after I wake up, I recall the dream, and realize I was dreaming. But then again I accept what is happening around me as real. Though I have no way of proving this, it would not greatly surprise me if I "awoke" from this shared reality someday, perhaps after what appears to be my "death" in this reality."