Dr. France Rode – Inventor of the first pocket-size calculator

Dr. France Rode (namesake and distant relative of Cardinal Franc Rode) and a close friend of Dr. Fazarinc, was lead inventor of the first sophisticated pocket-size HP-35 calculator Photo: http://www.hpmuseum.orgwhich, as reported in Measure magazine of June 1972, was taken by President Richard Nixon’s party to China as “the prime example of modern U.S. technology.” He was also project leader and first co-inventor of the HP-80 pocket size computer/calculators, designed especially for financial and business uses, which have replaced various cumbersome and time-consuming earlier approaches. In addition to numerous other remarkable patented contributions to Hewlett-Packard Company, he also has several Global Positioning Systems (GPS) patents to his credit.