INRA orders the first PC in the world

In 1972, the first personal computer in the world, the Micral, was developed by R2E in response to an order from INRA which wanted a transportable tool to measure and calculate soil evapotranspiration.  In a cellar in  Châtenay-Malabry, François Gernelle thus designed his prototype: an 8-bit Intel processor working at a rate of 500 Khz, with 2 Ko of live memory.  On 15 January 1973 the order was delivered.  This model would be marketed under the name Micral N.