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Douglas Engelbart, Father of the Mouse died at the Age of 88

Jul 4, 2013 18:13 IST

Douglas Engelbart, the U.S. inventor who was known as the father of the computer mouse died on 3 July 2013 at age of 88.

Douglas Engelbart, was a technologist who laid out a vision of an Internet decades before others brought those ideas to the mass market. He was a scientist and engineer who devoted himself to find ways to use computers to improve people's lives.

He is survived by Karen O'Leary Engelbart, his second wife, and four children: Gerda, Diana, Christina and Norman. His wife Ballard died in 1997.

About Douglas Engelbart


• Douglas Carl Engelbart was born on 30 January, 1925 in Portland to a radio repairman father and a homemaker mother.
• He enrolled at Oregon State University, but was drafted into the U.S. Navy and shipped to the Pacific before he could graduate.
• He resolved to change the world as a computer scientist after coming across a 1945 article by Vannevar Bush, the head of the US Office of Scientific Research, while scouring a Red Cross library in a native hut in the Philippines.
• Engelbart took a teaching position at the University of California, after returning from England.
• He took a job at SRI in 1957, and by the early-1960s Engelbart led a team had begun to seriously investigate tools for interactive computing.

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