Richard Adams

IRL Name: 
Richard Adams

Richard Adams is an independent inventor and engineer. His first project was the construction of a video camera that he started building when he was ten years old and got working at age 12 in 1967. He worked entirely at home without the aid of his school. It originally gained coverage in the Miami Herald when he had enlisted the newspaper’s help to find a TV station that would help him tune the camera. In 1974, whilst attending Florida Institute of Technology, Adams created an interface and software to connect an electronic organ to a computer so he could record and playback entire musical scores with full polyphony.


Adams built an early 16 bit computer in his home which his brother, Scott Adams, used to program his first computer game before going on to found Adventure International, which became notable for its text adventure games (also known as Interactive Fiction).

In 1982, Adams founded Happy Computers to market and sell add-in boards that'd he invented for Atari computer disk drives.

Whilst employed in Silicon Valley between 1976 and 1982, Adams gave demonstrations on the testing of codecs and authored a paper on the subject.