Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft passed away yesterday in a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Mr. Allen was diagnosed and treated with the disease back in 2009. He’d revealed that the disease returned couple of weeks ago. However, he and his doctors were positive about recovery.
Bill Gates is heartbroken
In a sudden shock of the death of his co-founder and friend, Bill Gates said, “I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends… Personal computing would not have existed without him.”
Condolences pouring in
His sister Jody confirmed the news on Monday afternoon in a statement that reads, “Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”
CEO of Vulcan Inc. – the company which Allen founded after leaving Microsoft paid respect to him. “Millions of people were touched by his generosity, his persistence in pursuit of a better world, and his drive to accomplish as much as he could with the time and resources at his disposal,” Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf said in a statement.
“As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world,” Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft wrote on Twitter.
Journey of Allen started with Gates when they met in a private school in Seattle. They dropped out of college to realize their dream of putting computer in every home.
They named their venture “Micro-soft” based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and their first product was a computer language for the Altair hobby-kit personal computer. Then they found some success on MS-Basic language.
It was 1980, an era when IBM was trying to move into personal computing and they gave Microsoft an opportunity to come up with an operating system. Microsoft seized the opportunity and bought QDOS developed by a programmer Tim Paterson. Later, they refined it to DOS and which developed into Microsoft Windows operating system over the next decades. By 1991, around 93 percent of world’s personal computers were running Microsoft Windows.
In 1986, Allen left Microsoft to focus on his philanthropic efforts by founding Vulcan Inc. He founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the aerospace firm Stratolaunch, which has built a colossal airplane designed to launch satellites into orbit. He has also backed research into nuclear-fusion power.
Allen was on the list of America’s wealthiest people who pledged to give away the bulk of their fortunes to charity. “Those fortunate to achieve great wealth should put it to work for the good of humanity,” he said.