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Peter R. Jennings,
a Canadian (born in England) [1] physicist, interdiscipline scientist, inventor, software developer, computer chess programmer, businessman, and paraglider. He studied mathematics, physics, fine art, philosophy, psychology, finance and marketing, and received a MA in physics from SUNY Stony Brook University in 1972, and a MBA in finance and marketing McMaster University in 1974 [2].
Peter Jennings [3]

Chess

Peter Jennings is author of the first commercially successful chess program for microcomputers in 1976, MicroChess for the KIM-1 6502-based microcomputer [4]. In 1977 MicroChess was ported to 8080/Z80-based microcomputers [5], such as the TRS-80 [6]. Based on MicroChess 1.5, Jennings further created the programs for the dedicated 6504 based Commodore ChessMate (1978) and Novag Chess Champion MK II (1979) [7].

VisiCalc

In 1976, Peter Jennings co-founded Personal Software which became VisiCorp, and was involved in the creation of VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program. Notably, MicroChess sales helped to finance the development of VisiCalc [8] [9].

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References

  1. ^ Sellam Ismail (2005). Oral History of Peter Jennings. pdf from The Computer History Museum
  2. ^ Are you the Peter Jennings I know?
  3. ^ Oral History of Peter Jennings, February 1, 2005 by Sellam Ismail, The Computer History Museum
  4. ^ Peter Jennings (1976). MicroChess, a Chess playing program for the 6502 Microcomputer. pdf, Courtesy of Peter Jennings, The Computer History Museum
  5. ^ Peter Jennings (1977). MicroChess, a Chess playing program for the 8080 Microcomputer. pdf, Courtesy of Peter Jennings, The Computer History Museum
  6. ^ Microchess running on Radio Shack TRS-80 microcomputer, 1976, Courtesy of Peter Jennings and Digibarn, The Computer History Museum
  7. ^ Scisys and Novag : The Early Years from Chess Computer UK by Mike Watters
  8. ^ VisiCalc - The Early History by Peter Jennings
  9. ^ VisiCalc 1979 - VisiCorp by Peter Jennings
  10. ^ Peter R. Jennings Magazine articles
  11. ^ Paragliding from Wikipedia

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