Sir Clive Sinclair, perhaps best known as the inventor of the enormously popular ZX Spectrum home computer, has died at the age of 81 following a long illness.
Sinclair was knighted in 1983 and – alongside more advanced models of the ZX Spectrum – would go on to create other memorable, if significantly less successful, inventions, including the Sinclair TV80 pocket TV and Sinclair C5 battery powered electric trike.
Speaking to The Guardian following Sinclair’s death, his daughter Belinda explained, “It was the ideas, the challenge, that he found exciting.
He’d come up with an idea and say, ‘There’s no point in asking if someone wants it, because they can’t imagine it.'”