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Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer

He just wanted to help some kids learn to code. Five million units later, his $35 computer has sparked a revolution

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Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer
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In 1988, 10-year-old Eben Upton bought his first computer: a beat-up, secondhand BBC Micro. This little machine was ubiquitous in British schools at the time, not least because it ran a simple programming language called BASIC, which Upton quickly mastered and used to create various games.

Fast-forward almost two decades. Upton had just been appointed director of studies in computer science at the University of Cambridge's St John's College. And he noticed a big problem: Applications to study computer science at the university were declining, and few incoming students had any programming skills at all.

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