Douglas Engelbart, mouse inventor, dies

Douglas Engelbart, the man behind some of modern computing's important developments, died on July 2

DOUGLAS ENGELBART. The inventor of the mouse and developer of some of computing's modern conveniences has died. Photo from SRI International

MANILA, Philippines – Douglas Engelbart, inventor of one of the world’s most ubiquitous computing products — the computer mouse — died on July 2 at the age of 88.

In a statement released by the Stanford Research Institute, Engelbart passed away peacefully at his California residence.

Aside from the computer mouse, Engelbart helped work on many of the computing innovations we know today, including display editing and online processing, the use of multiple windows and context sensitive help.

His Augmentation Research Center became a part of ARPANET, the Internet’s predecessor.

“Doug was a giant who made the world a much better place and who deeply touched those of us who knew him,” said Curtis R. Carlson, Ph.D., president and CEO of SRI.

Carlson added, “He brought tremendous value to society. We will miss his genius, warmth and charm.

“Doug’s legacy is immense — anyone in the world who uses a mouse or enjoys the productive benefits of a personal computer is indebted to him.”

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