Gary Kildall

Tom O'Neil

While Silicon Valley is seen as the birthplace of computers, the first personal computer operating system was actually born in the Monterey Bay Area.   It was  created by Grove inventor Gary Kildall. 

This Friday Pacific Grove inventor Gary Kildall will formally take his spot in computer Science history.  The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) will recognize Kildall as the inventor of the first personal computer operating system by placing a plaque at the former headquarters of his company. 

Kildall, who passed away in 1994, has often been referred to as “the man who could have been Bill Gates”, if not for one missed opportunity.  But those who knew him best hope Friday’s dedication will begin to change that legacy.