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PC, Ethernet and tablet computer pioneer 'Chuck' Thacker passes

Computer Science has lost a titan: Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker died on Monday, June 12th, aged 74. As the Association for Computing Machinery's In Memoriam records, Thacker's early career saw him join Xerox's famed Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he worked on the Xerox Alto, the first personal computer to offer a …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2017

RIP: Antivirus veteran Raimund Genes, 54

Colleagues and friends are mourning the sudden death of distinguished antivirus industry veteran Raimund Genes last Friday. Genes, 54, chief technology officer at Trend Micro, began as a distributor before joining the antivirus firm in the early days of the industry back in 1996. He served with distinction in a variety of …
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2017
Tengen's Pac Man

Father of Pac-Man dies at 91

The father of the world's most iconic arcade game Pac-Man, Masaya Nakamura, has died at the age of 91. Nakamura founded the Japanese company Namco in 1954, which began as two mechanical horse rides on a department store rooftop but went on to pioneer game arcades and amusement parks. The company launched Pac-Man in 1980, …
Kat Hall, 30 Jan 2017
Tom Perkins

Silicon Valley granddad and HP boss-killer Tom Perkins dies aged 84

Obit Tom Perkins, seen by many as one of the grandfathers of Silicon Valley, has died at the age of 84 after a prolonged illness. Perkins was born in White Plains, New York, in 1932 and showed an early interest in technology, earning a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1953 and an MBA from Harvard four …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jun 2016
Prince in concert at Coachella 2008. Photo by Scott Penner, licensed under CC-by-SA-2.0

RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

The shock death yesterday of Prince at the age of 57 prompted immediate worldwide reaction which bore witness both to the man's undeniable talent and influence, and the internet age's obsession with celebrity. The newsgasmic blanket coverage... BBC website featuring blanket Prince coverage The Guadian's website showing …
Lester Haines, 22 Apr 2016

The designer of the IBM ThinkPad has died

The ThinkPad’s answer to Johny Ive has died. Richard Sapper, a German industrial designer who orchestrated the look of the iconic laptop for IBM, was 83 years old. He designed lots more stuff - you can read his obituary here. We shall focus our commemoration on the IBM ThinkPad, which hit the business world in 1992 and …
Drew Cullen, 6 Jan 2016
Sir Terry Pratchett

Remembering those who logged off in 2015

As with every year, 2015 brought with it the departure of a number of beloved and respected figures in the world of technology, science and popular culture. To mark the end of the year, El Reg is looking back on those people we lost over the last 12 months. [Editor's note: This article was written and edited before the death …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Jan 2016
Gene Amdahl. Image credit: Computer History Museum

Big Blue's big iron daddy Gene Amdahl dies aged 92

Obit IBM's mainframe systems' trailblazer, Gene Amdahl, has died at the age of 92. His wife Marian said he had passed away on Tuesday, after suffering from pneumonia. Amdahl was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years ago, she said. Amdahl was born in Flandreau, South Dakota in 1922. He joined IBM in 1952, immediately after …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2015
Christopher Lee as Dracula

In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

Obit Christopher Lee, the iconic British actor best known for his portrayal of Count Dracula in a series of films from Hammer Studios and for roles in the recent Lord of the Rings and Star Wars film trilogies, has died at age 93. The deep-voiced Lee made his film debut in Corridor of Mirrors in 1948 for future James Bond director …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2015
Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

Obit Sir Terry Pratchett has left us at the age of 66, but he has gifted the next generation a massive archive of fiction and non-fiction that will delight, amuse and inform readers for years to come. It's a sad day at the El Reg offices, many of us were devoted fans. He was born on April 28, 1948, and wrote fiction as a teen. At …
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2015

'80s hacker turned journo, IT crime ace Steve Gold logs off

Obit Steve Gold, a former hacker who became a respected information security journalist, has died following complications from heart surgery. Tributes to Gold from the tight-knit UK security and publishing communities have been pouring in following his death, aged 58. Gold unwittingly became famous in the mid '80s when he …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2015
Robin Williams at a BBC talk (sergey brin cropped out))

Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

Obituary Hollywood actor Robin Williams has died of a suspected suicide at the age of 63. Robin Williams at a BBC talk (sergey brin cropped out)) Robin Williams jumps up on stage for an impromptu riff during technical difficulties in the BBC filming. Photo by Steve Jurvetson, licensed under CC 2.0 The star, whose distinctive …
Team Register, 12 Aug 2014
Felix Dennis, MD of Dennis Publishing

Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

Obituary There's quite a bit that comes to mind when you think about Felix Dennis: the Oz mag obscenity trial, Maxim, drugs, women and dodgy poetry… But we're not going to do these here - at least, not yet. Felix Dennis, who died last weekend aged 67, was a pivotal figure in tech publishing: a super-smart dealmaker whose judgment and …
John Lettice, 26 Jun 2014
The BBC's Computer Programme

Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84

Obit Ian McNaught-Davis, star of the BBC's The Computer Programme, has died at the age of 84. His funeral is being held in London this afternoon. MAC, as he was affectionately known to his friends, was an accomplished mountaineer, television broadcaster, mathematician and computer expert, who lit up the screens of tech enthusiasts …
Team Register, 18 Feb 2014
Cedric Blancher

Security researcher Cédric 'Sid' Blancher dead at 37

Security researcher Cédric “Sid” Blancher has reportedly been killed in a skydiving accident in France. At the time of writing, details of the accident remain sketchy. However, the Courrier-Picard says he died instantly after "a heavy fall on the landing zone" at the Frétoy-le-Chateau airfield. Among other things, the 37-year …

Billionaire engineer Ray Dolby, 80, dies at home in San Francisco

Obit Ray Dolby, the engineer who for most of the last half century has improved our ability to record and play high-fidelity sound and who founded Dolby Labs, has passed away at his home in San Francisco after being diagnosed with acute leukemia earlier in the year. "Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary," said Kevin …
Iain Thomson, 13 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Pacemaker hack legend Barnaby Jack dies just before Black Hat revelations

Barnaby Jack, the 35-year-old security researcher who demonstrated cash machine hacks live on stage in Las Vegas and later highlighted the insecurity of smart medical devices, has died. His death was confirmed by staff at his employer, security biz IOActive, and his sister Amberleigh Jack. His passing comes days before the …
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2013

Ed Iacobucci: Brains behind OS/2 and Citrix, nicest guy in tech

Obituary About a year before air taxi DayJet was scheduled to launch, Ed Iacobucci, who died last week, called me up to make sure I was thoroughly briefed on what he was doing and how it worked. We spent over an hour on the phone, no PowerPoints, no marketing pitch, just Ed explaining, making sure I got it. It’s not normal for CEOs to …
John Lettice, 24 Jun 2013

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