On July 2, Doug Engelbart, American inventor and computing pioneer, passed away of kidney failure at 88 in Atherton, California. Mr. Engelbart invented many features of the modern computer interface, including the mouse, windowing, text editing, bitmap screens, video conferencing, hypertext, networking, collaboration software, and the graphical user interface. He was awarded a number of US patents including one on the computer mouse that SRI licensed to Apple for about $40,000. Working in relative obscurity at SRI he contributed much to the modern computer interface.
See NY Times Computer Visionary Who Invented the Mouse and GigaOm Doug Engelbart, America inventor and computing legend, has passed away.
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