Douglas Engelbart

Updated: 12/01/2019 by Computer Hope
Douglas Engelbart

Name: Douglas Carl Engelbart

Born: January 30, 1925, in Portland, Oregon, USA

Death: July 2, 2013 (Age: 88)

Computer-related contributions

  • Engineer at Xerox PARC, where he invented the computer mouse.
  • In The Mother of All Demos on December 9, 1968, Engelbart introduced several devices and computing concepts that are now considered fundamental to the modern computer. These include a mouse-controlled GUI, videoconferencing, and hypertext. His demonstration was exhibited using a computer system of his own design, called the NLS ("oNLine System").

Significant publications

  • Bootstrapping: Douglas Engelbart, Co-evolution, and the Origins of Personal Computing (2000).

Honors and awards

  • Yuri Rubinsky Memorial Award (1995).
  • Lemelson-MIT Prize (1997).
  • Turing Award (1998).
  • IEEE John von Neumann Medal (1999).
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2000).
  • BCS (British Computer Society) Lovelace Medal (2001).
  • Norbert Wiener Award for Social and Professional Responsibility (2005).

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"The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing."