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Andrew Kay, Pioneer in Computing, Dies at 95


Andrew Kay beside the Kaypro II.

Andrew Kays company Kaypro surged in the 1980s but fell into bankruptcy in the early 1990s.

Credit: Nancee E. Lewis/U-T San Diego

Andrew Kay, the designer of an early portable computer, the Kaypro II, that became a smash hit in the early 1980s before his company fell into bankruptcy in the ’90s as the computer industry leapfrogged ahead of him, died Aug. 28 in Vista, Calif. He was 95.

His death was confirmed by his son Allan.

For a time, Mr. Kay’s company, Kaypro, was the world’s largest portable computer maker, ranked fourth in the PC industry over all behind IBM, Apple Computer and RadioShack.

 

From The New York Times
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