Bob Frankston

Bob Frankston ( born June 14, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York) developed in 1979 along with Dan Bricklin, the first software for spreadsheets. VisiCalc ran on Apple II computers and was instrumental in their success.


Frankston closed 1966 school term of at Stuyvesant High School in New York now and then studied at MIT (Bachelor in computer science and mathematics in 1970, Master and Engineer 's degree in computer science and electrical engineering 1974). During his time at the Project MAC, he was there also involved in the development of Multics.

Already parallel to their studies Frankston worked for the computer research department of White -Weld and Company, which later became in Interactive Data. In 1979 he founded along with Dan Bricklin the software manufacturer Software Arts and VisiCalc also developed with Bricklin. After Software Arts was acquired by Lotus in 1985, he developed, amongst others, Lotus Express. From 1990 to 1992 he worked for the Slate Corporation on mobile systems, then for Microsoft in home networks. Since 1998 he has worked for the Investment Company Common Angels.

Bob Frankston is, inter alia, Fellow of the ACM, the IEEE and the Computer History Museum. He has won, among others of the ACM Software System Award.