The Inventor of the Mouse had Died

The Inventor of the Mouse had Died


Douglas C. Engelbart passed on July 2, 2013.  Dr. Engelbart is most widely known for his invention of the computer mouse.

Dr. Engelbart died on Tuesday at 88 at his home in Atherton, Calif. His wife, Karen O’Leary Engelbart, said the cause was kidney failure.

The first computer mouse.

The first computer mouse.

Computing was in its infancy when Dr. Engelbart entered the field. Computers were ungainly room-size calculating machines that could be used by only one person at a time. Someone would feed them information in stacks of punched cards and then wait hours for a printout of answers. Interactive computing was a thing of the future, or in science fiction. But it was germinating in Dr. Engelbart’s restless mind.

Check out this great article on him done by the NY Times.

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