Computer Visionary Who Invented the Mouse

John Markoff, Hack Educa, Jul 04, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The internet will be filled with tributes today to Douglas C. Engelbart who at 88 has passed away after one of the most remarkable lives of engineering and invention. Engelbart is known as the man who invented the mouse, but his vision spanned much more than that. As the Times sums up, "he set the computing world on fire with a remarkable demonstration before more than a thousand of the world’s leading computer scientists... in little more than an hour, he showed how a networked, interactive computing system would allow information to be shared rapidly among collaborating scientists. He demonstrated how a mouse, which he invented just four years earlier, could be used to control a computer. He demonstrated text editing, video conferencing, hypertext and windowing."

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