Douglas Engelbart

Douglas Engelbart 2006

Douglas Engelbart (January 30, 1925 – July 2, 2013) – an American engineer and inventor, and an early computer and Internet pioneer. He is best known for his work on the challenges of human–computer interaction, particularly while at his Augmentation Research Center Lab in SRI International, resulting in the invention of the computer mouse, and the development of hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to graphical user interfaces. These were demonstrated at The Mother of All Demos in 1968.

  • Mother of All Demos, December 9, 1968 – Douglas Engelbart and his fellow computer scientists from Silicon Valley’s Stanford Research Institute unveiled NLS, an online system that included the world’s first computer mouse and presaged so much of today’s online software, including everything from window-like interfaces to what we now call hyperlinks.
  • [[|video (6:04)]] – brief overview of Engelbart and his ideas for continuous growth and improvement of people and technology.