Sir Clive Sinclair

1 portrait

Sir Clive Sinclair

by Simon Lewis
bromide print, 1985
16 1/8 in. x 11 in. (410 mm x 280 mm)
Purchased, 1988
Primary Collection
NPG P365

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Sir Clive Sinclair is a mathematical genius whose creations - the pocket calculator, the low-cost digital watch, the miniature television set and the cheap home computer - have revolutionized popular attitudes to technology. The son of a mechanical engineer, he first worked as a technical journalist and in 1962 founded his own company selling build-your-own-radio kits by mail order. He subsequently set up Sinclair Research Ltd and only his electric car, the Sinclair C5, has proved a failure. Sinclair was photographed by Simon Lewis for the series The Essential Britain on which the photographer collaborated with the writer Tadgh O'Seaghdha. Sinclair holds his favourite circular slide rule.

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  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 309
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 566