Engelbart, Douglas

Another under-sung hero of computer science: Douglas Engelbart.

One of the most prolific inventors to ever work in the computer industry, Engelbart invented the mouse in 1968, a few years before one of his colleagues took the idea on to Xerox PARC.

Yet the mouse was just a small part of Engelbart’s fascinating “oNLine System” (NLS).  In 1968, Engelbart presented his collaborative networked system at a conference, a couple of decades before the World Wide Web had even been conceived.

I can’t help but think of him as a mad genius.

You can read about Engelbart or even watch his 1968 conference presentation, where he introduced NLS (including the mouse) to the world:





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