Thursday, July 4, 2013

Doug Engelbart: The inventor of the computer mouse is dead - Times Online

Doug Engelbart died of kidney failure with 88 years in Silicon Valley. The pioneer had developed the device is already in the 60s.

The inventor of the computer mouse, Douglas C. Engelbart.

The inventor of the computer mouse, Douglas C. Engelbart


The inventor of the computer mouse, Douglas Engelbart, is dead The IT pioneer has died on Tuesday evening at the age of 88 years in the U.S. state of California, such as Douglas Engelbart Institute announced. The cause of death was the New York Times according to kidney failure. Engelbart died at his home in Atherton in Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Engelbart’s greatest achievement was the invention of the computer mouse, in whose development he worked in the 60s and he patented in 1970. At that time, the pointing device made of wood and had two metal wheels. The idea of ??controlling a computer with a tool in his hand, was ahead of its time. In 1984 a mouse with a commercially available computer was delivered, the Macintosh from Apple.


Engelbart in 1968 stunned a computer conference in San Francisco with the first public demonstration of a video conference in which he showed his mouse. “Doug was a pioneer of computer network technology, as it was not popular to deal with it,” praised Engelbart in 1997, the then head of Sun Microsystems, Scott McNealy,

Engelbart was born on 30 Born in January 1925 in Portland / Oregon. He first worked for the NASA predecessor NACA, but then studied at the University of California to pursue his dream that computers can change the world. At the Stanford Research Institute, he worked on the precursors of those techniques that are the basis of today’s computer age. Engelbart’s research projects have created the foundation for the Internet, e-mail and video-conferencing.

Engelbart gave a 21 patents in his career. In 2000, then-President Bill Clinton honored him with the National Medal of Technology, the highest U.S. award in this field.

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