Sir Clive Sinclair
Sir Clive Sinclair
by Simon Lewis
bromide print, 1985
16 1/8 in. x 11 in. (410 mm x 280 mm)
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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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 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
Events of 1985back to top
Current affairs55 people die in the Manchester air disaster when a British Airtours Boeing 737 bursts into flames after an aborted takeoff at Manchester International Airport.
Art and scienceBob Geldof and Midge Ure organise Live Aid, a rock concert in London and Philadelphia, to raise funds for famine relief. The biggest names in popular music, including Paul McCartney, Queen, Status Quo, The Police, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, U2, The Who, and Led Zeppelin, performed to a TV audience of 1.5 billion.
The British Antarctic Survey discovers a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica.
InternationalReformer Mikhail Gorbachev comes to power as first secretary of the Soviet Communist party. He calls for 'glasnost' (openness) in Soviet life, and pursues a policy of 'perestroika' (reconstruction).
French intelligence operatives sabotage Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace vessel. The ship was leading a protest against French nuclear testing in New Zealand when it was bombed and sunk, killing one of the twelve on board.