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‘a Real Inventor’: Uw’s Gary Kildall, Father of the Pc Operating System, Honored For Key Work

Gary Kildall in a 1988 photo.

Gary Kildall, who died in 1994, will be honored by the IEEE for his creation of the landmark PC operating system CP/M, as well as his invention of BIOS.

Credit: Tom O'Neal

Growing up in California, Scott Kildall and his sister Kristin knew that their dad, Gary, was working on important things in the shack in their backyard. Little did they realize how important his work would become for the rest of us.

"We didn’t know at the time that what he was doing was revolutionary for the computer industry, in the real sense of the word ‘revolutionary.’ He was changing the way computers worked, from a business machine into a personal computer," said Scott Kildall in an interview with GeekWire this week. "He always was thinking far into the future. He was a real inventor in that kind of way."

Kildall, a Seattle native 1972 graduate of the University of Washington, was the creator of the landmark personal computer operating system CP/M, playing a critical role in the PC revolution. He will be recognized posthumously for that contribution, in addition to his invention of BIOS, with a rare IEEE Milestone plaque being unveiled this morning — joining the technology industry’s equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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