Inventor of the Spreadsheet
Went to MIT
- Learned to program in 1966 (he was 15 years old at the time).
- He went to MIT.
- To make money he worked on the Multics project.
- After graduating from MIT, he went to work at Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC)
- There he worked on software to do computerized typesetting.
- He also worked on DEC's first word processor.
- He also worked on microproccessors for cash registers in the fast food industry.
- The fall of 1977, he entered the MBA program at Harvard Business School.
- He started playing around with the idea of software which would help him "run the numbers" in his business class. Could he create a "word processor" for working with numbers?
- He began working on a prototype in 1978.
- Dan got his friend Bob Frankston to do the coding for the actual program.
- October of 1979 VisiCalc was shipped... the first computer spreadsheet was born!