Douglas Engelbart – Mouse Inventor


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Douglas Engelbart – Mouse Inventor

150px-douglas_engelbart_in_2008Ever since Little Charles showed me how he laid-out electronics racks in MacDraw, I have been enamored with the little box with the wire hanging out of it, an invention by Doug Englebart – the computer mouse.

Engelbart passed away on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 but his legacy is more than just the mouse. Inspired by the writing of Vannevar Bush, Engelbart envisioned workers sitting at computerized display stations, gathering information from various sources and harnessing workers’ collective intellect to solve problems together. Some of Engelbart’s ideas were further refined at Xerox PARC, and then again at Apple Computer.

Read Dr. Engelbart’s Obit and associated articles at the New York Times.