Peter R. Jennings
Peter R. Jennings
|Born||1950 (age 70–71)|
|Alma mater||SUNY Stony Brook University (MA in physics)|
McMaster University (MBA)
|Years active||1970 - Present|
Peter R. Jennings (born 1950) is a Canadian physicist, scientist, inventor, software developer, computer chess programmer, and entrepreneur. He is best known for creating MicroChess, the first microcomputer game to be sold commercially in 1976.
Jennings was born in Bedford, England, in 1950. In the 1960s his family moved to Ontario, Canada. He received an MA in physics from SUNY Stony Brook University in 1972, and an MBA in finance and marketing from McMaster University in 1974.
Jennings developed MicroChess shortly after leaving graduate school in New York; the code was sold on paper, so buyers had to type in the code to activate the program. MicroChess was the first software to sell over 10,000 copies.
In 1976, along with Dan Fylstra, he co-founded the corporation Personal Software, which became VisiCorp, and was involved in the creation of VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program. MicroChess sales helped to finance the development of VisiCalc.
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