Dan Bricklin … Father of the spreadsheet


Dan Bricklin

A very warm 1951 Club welcome to world-renowned computer scientist, Dan Bricklin. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 16 July 1951. He is often referred to as The Father of the Spreadsheet having co-created with fellow American Bob Frankston, the VisiCalc spreadsheet program. This was introduced in 1979 and it was the first electronic spreadsheet readily available for home and office use. It is widely credited for fuelling the rapid growth of the personal computer industry.


VisiCalc was the first spreadsheet computer program for personal computers, originally released for the Apple II. It is often considered the application that turned the microcomputer from a hobby for computer enthusiasts into a serious business tool. 


An example VisiCalc spreadsheet on an Apple II.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973.

Upon graduating from MIT, Bricklin worked for Digital Equipment Corporation until 1976, when he began working for FasFax, a cash register manufacturer. In 1977, he decided to return to school, and he earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University in 1979. While at Harvard he and Frankston developed Visicalc and founded a company Software Arts in order to promote it. 


 In 1985 he founded a new company called Software Garden, Inc. of which he is still currently president. He is also currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer of Alpha Software. 

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3 responses to “Dan Bricklin … Father of the spreadsheet

  1. Inspirational being.

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