"Just because people don't give credit for some idea's to their originators doesn't mean they haven't taken notice and haven't been inspired"
Very true and working out the difference between who copied who and who came up with a similar idea and people think they copied is not going to be easy. Hermann Hauser may well think one thing, but it will be interesting ( esential ) to get Bill Gates and Steve Jobs view, plus their respective development departments.
Hopefully as Richard is doing a PhD then his research will require rigour and not allow for rumours and here say or just one persons view.
As to BYTE and Acorn. BYTE magazine always had a monthly theme like SMALLTALK, APPLE LIZA,NETWORKING, IBM PC and there was always 5-6 many page articles on the Theme. Now I was an avid reader of BYTE and if there had been an issue with an Acorn theme then I would have definately brought it. The few short articles that there were to me typifies the lack of influence of Acorn.
I would agree that ARM has influence and if you take the line that Acorn begat ARM then to that degree they have been influencial. But if you claim the BBC micro, Econet, Risc OS, Archimdies have been influencial outside the UK and a few hot spots then you are miss guided in my opinion.