Douglas Engelbart, who invented the first computer mouse and helped develop the PC user interface, passed away this July. Dr. Engelbart died at 88 at his home in Atherton, California. The New York Times obituary cited the cause of death as stated by his wife Karen was kidney failure.
One day he was in a reading library on a small island when an article titled “As We May Think” caught his eye. The article, by Vannevar Bush, a physicist and inventor who oversaw the United States Office of Scientific Research and Development during the war, described a universal information retrieval system called Memex. The idea stuck with Dr. Engelbart, and he made it his life’s work. “
Without question Engelbart was one of the most influential people in the development and power of the personal computer.
For More about Douglas Engelbart …
“Computer Visionary Who Invented the Mouse,” nytimes.com, July 3rd 2013.
"From the archives: Douglas Engelbart's lasting legacy, 1999," the Mercury News, July 3, 013.
” Remembering Douglas Engelbart,” Communications of the ACM, Vol. 56 No. 9, Pages 24-25
HCI International NEWS – September 2013 - Number 61