Gary Kildall

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Gary KildallName: Gary Kildall

Born: May 19, 1942 in Seattle, Washington USA

Death: July 11, 1994 (Age: 52)

Computer related contributions

  • Often referred to as the man who gave Bill Gates the world.
  • American computer scientist and microcomputer entrepreneur who invented the CP/M operating system and founded Digital Research, Inc. (DRI).
  • Created the first diskette track buffering schemes, read-ahead algorithms, file directory caches, and RAM disk emulators.
  • Introduced a binary recompiler in the 1980s.
  • Developed the file system and data structures for the first consumer CD-ROM.
  • One of the first people to see microprocessors as fully capable computers rather than equipment controllers and to organize a company around this concept.
  • Co-hosted the PBS TV show The Computer Chronicles.

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