Robert Gaskins

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Robert Gaskins was one of the creators of PowerPoint, and an expert and author on the history of the English concertina.

Education and professional work[edit]

Gaskins was educated in Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, and subsequently did interdisciplinary graduate study in literature and computing.[1]

In the early 1980s Gaskins worked five years as manager of computer science research at Bell Northern Research, an international telecommunications R&D laboratory in Silicon Valley.[1] Subsequently, he joined Forethought, Inc., where the development of PowerPoint was begun.[2]

Gaskins was the entrepreneur behind the development of PowerPoint, later known as Microsoft PowerPoint after acquisition by Microsoft in the early 1990s. Lee Gomes wrote in The Wall Street Journal:[3]

Robert Gaskins was the visionary entrepreneur who in the mid-1980s realized that the huge but largely invisible market for preparing business slides was a perfect match for the coming generation of graphics-oriented computers.

Many original documents written by Robert Gaskins during the early history of PowerPoint's strategy and development are online for public access.[4]

After leaving Microsoft, Gaskins became somewhat renowned as an expert on the history of the English concertina.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Robert Gaskins". Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  2. ^ Gaskins, Robert (2012). Sweating Bullets: Notes about Inventing PowerPoint. Vinland Books. ISBN 9780985142421. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  3. ^ Gomes, Lee (2007-06-20). "PowerPoint Turns 20, As Its Creators Ponder A Dark Side to Success". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  4. ^ Gaskins, Robert. "PowerPoint History Documents". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  5. ^ Atlas, Allan (2009-12-05). "George Grove's Article on the 'Concertina' in the First Edition of A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1878) — Introduction". International Concertina Association — Historical Document series. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  6. ^ "Wheatstone & Co. Concertina Ledgers at the Horniman Museum, London". Horniman Museum. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  7. ^ Williams, Wes (2013). "Concertina History". Concertina History Resource. Retrieved 2018-03-14.

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