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Doug Engelbart

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Biography

Douglas Carl "Doug" Engelbart was a prolific American inventor credited with, among other important innovations, developing the computer mouse.  He was born on 30 January 1925 and grew up on a farm in Oregon.  He graduated with a B.S, in electrical engineering at Oregon State University, after taking two years off during World War II to serve in the Navy as a radar technician.  After the war he worked at NACA's Ames Laboratory before earning a Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1955.  He then went to the Stanford research Institute, where he worked in the Augmentation Research Center Lab on human/computer interaction.  It was there that was a critical participant in the development of the computer mouse, hypertext, and the graphical user interface.  SRI was also involved in the ARPANET during his tenure.  He also worked at Xerox PARC, and later founded his own consultancy, Bootstrap Institute.  He died on 2 July 2013.  Among the honors received during his lifetime were the ACM Turing Award and the Lemelson-MIT Prize.

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CHM Fellow Doug Engelbart