About heroes in general.

Many people have heroes. Heroes set an example. They tell us how to act in a certain situation. And heroes always come out in the right way. Who wouldn't want to be a hero of some sort?

This page is about my heroes in the world of electronics and computers. The Penguin Concise english dictionary (every Linux user ought to have one) has this to say about heroes:

hero n (pl oes)

  1. a person, esp a man, admired for special courage, nobility, or great achievements
  2. the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work
  3. a mythological or legendary figure, often of divine descent, endowed with great strength or ability

heroine n

  1. a woman, admired for special courage, nobility, or great achievements
  2. the principal female character in a literary or dramatic work
  3. a mythological or legendary woman, often of divine descent, endowed with great strength or ability

Well, that sets things straight. We now know:

My heroes have their roots in computers and electronics. Perhaps some have chemical roots, but all them have set their footsteps in the fields of science. Check out my heroes and make a webpage about your own heroes.

My heroes....

Picture Name My Hero because Address
Niklaus Wirth
(15 feb 1934)
Homepage
Niklaus Wirth is one of the persons behind the great inventions in computer science of the 20th century. After a thorough start, he developed the languages Pascal, Modula-2 and Oberon. In the process, he did a lot of research in how to make a compiler. This resulted in the CoCo project.
Niklaus Wirth was also the driving force behind the Lilith and the Ceres personal computers. Both were based on real hardware (the Lilith ran on an AMD bitslice processor and the Ceres ran on a National Semiconductor NS 32032 processor) that was lightyears ahead of their time.
Mr Wirth pioneered the field of graphical displays, mouse control, laser printers, model helicopter flying, structured programming, data hiding and object orientation.
Niklaus Wirth
Institut für Computersysteme
Langacherstrasse 4a
8127 Forch
Switzerland
Jürg Gutknecht
(3 jan 1949)
Homepage
Professor Gutknecht was a mathematician who joined the Lilith / Modula-2 team of Niklaus Wirth and it seems he got the message from his mentor. Jürg stepped in the footprints of Professor Wirth and soon he started making his own footprints, which were at least as impressive as his former teacher's.
Professor Gutknecht is one of the driving forces behind Lilith, Modula-2, Oberon. Mr Gutknecht and Mr Wirth shared the same interest for science and progress since they both spent time in the Xerox Palo Alto research centre, be it in different era's.
Currently he works on Oberon and Bluebottle, among other things.
Jürg Gutknecht
Institut. für Computersysteme
Clausiusstrasse 59
ETH-Zentrum, RZ H 24
8092 Zürich
Switzerland
Clive Sinclair
(30 jul 1940)
Homepage
Sir Clive Sinclair is the hardware hero that allowed me to get my feet wet with a personal computer before IBM coined that phrase.
Clive Sinclair was the first to sell a real computer for less than 200 euro: the Sinclair ZX80. It was followed by the ZX81 and the ZX Spectrum. Then Sinclair decided it was time for something new: a multitasking Unix computer for less than EUR 200...
He delivered the Sinclair QL, but forgot that the masses cannot keep up with his great mind (IQ 159) so the machine didn't sell in equal numbers as the ZX line.
A few years later other companies selling more traditional computers took over the lead and in 1987 the IBM PC was the de facto standard.
Clive brought out the solution for urban traffic. That was around 1987, but the associated problem is from 2004, so the public made a micky out of him and that meant the end of his computer company.
Sinclair was the pioneer. He did it, so that now PC's are universal. We owe a lot of thanks to the guy that brought technology to our homes long before the average Joe needed it.
Sinclair Research Limited
Sir Clive Sinclair

4 Phoenix Court
Everett Close
Denington Road Industrial Estate
Wellingborough
Northants, NN8 2QU
United Kingdom

Now, what shall we do with my heroes? That's a tough question. I'm a Linux man, so I am in for the Freedom part. I am not going to tell you what to do here. But I will reveal what you and I could do to pay a small tribute to these people who made big footprints for us to hide in.

Page created June 2005,