|Gernelle and Truong
In November 1998, after more than 4 years of legal procedure (1994-1998) François Gernelle, gets the right to say that he is the inventor of the micro-computer by the “cour d'appel de Versailles”.
Gernelle and Truong met in 1968 at Intertechnique a company specialize
in medical and nuclear applications.
Young electronics engineer François Gernelle proposed to Intertechnique to build micro-computers but that didn’t work.
In 1972, he joins Truong who just started R2E, and during a meeting with the people responsible for l'Inra “Institut national de recherche agronomique” who are looking for a cheap way to build a system to calculate the soil evapotranspiration, François Gernelle proposed to build a calculator for half the price.
He created the first micro-computer in the process.
Today François Gernelle as still some bitterness towards Truong. Why did they miss the chance to become rich with this discovery? It’s because one day in 1975, they missed the opportunity to create a fantastic start-up. The MICRAL had some success in France, and Honeywell was interested in buying the MICRAL. In a bar in Los Angeles that faithful day the boss of Honeywell was offering 2 millions for the MICRAL and it’s software Prologue. Truong asked for 4 millions and the boss of Honeywell not very happy left the table. After Bull bought R2E, in 1983, François Gernelle left Truong to create is own company. But it was too late.