Tomislav Uzelac (20th Century)
Tomislav Uzelac was a Croatian programmer who lived and died during the 20th century. He turned out to be the primary inventor of the first successful MP3 player called AMP. He worked on MP3 software decoding in 1997 at the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. In that same year, he had created the AMP MP3 player, and graduated with an engineer’s degree from FER. In order to manage AMP as a commercial product, he partnered with Brian Litman to form the AMP, or the Advanced Multimedia Products. It was later merged into the PlayMedia Systems, and was more widely marketed beginning in 1998. Tomislav’s AMP was then facilitated as a world-wide MP3 popularization.