Remembering Douglas “Doug” Carl Engelbart

Douglas “Doug” Carl Engelbart was a computer and internet pioneer whose work led to the invention of the mouse way back in the 1960s.

According to the Computer History Museum, some of Engelbart’s most important work began with his 1959 founding of the Augmentation Research Center, where he developed a number of key technologies used in computing today.

“Engelbart brought the various strands of his research together for his ‘mother of all demos’ in San Francisco on December 8, 1968, an event that presaged many of the technologies and computer-usage paradigms we would use decades later,” a bio on the CHM page reads.

“His system, called NLS, showed actual instances of, or precursors to, hypertext, shared screen collaboration, multiple windows, on-screen video teleconferencing, and the mouse as an input device. This demo embodied Engelbart’s lifelong commitment to solving humanity’s urgent problems by using computers as tools to improve communication and collaboration between people.”

Engelbart – who was born in 1925 – passed away early this morning at the age of 88.

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