12 April 2018 – Clive Sinclair, by Brian, G8GHR

Brian demonstrates ZX Spectrum+2

Brian’s presentation had all the usual flourish in that many working items were on display which had been developed by the subject of this evening’s presentation.

Brian explained that Sir Clive Sinclair is best known as an English entrepreneur and inventor, most commonly known for his work in consumer electronics during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Clive started out as a writer and editor of electronic publications, but soon had ideas about producing electronic products which were smaller and less expensive than anything on the market at that time.  Although many items were before their time, they were dogged by the quality of the components and quality control during manufacture.

Brian charted Sir Clive’s progress through the years by displaying and explaining the miniature radios, small digital calculators, electronic test equipment, very small portable TV sets and eventually computers.

The C5 electric miniature car and electric bike were among Clive’s last efforts. He’s aparently now retired and appears to have finished innovating.

ZX80, ZX81 and DM2