William English

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

William "Bill" K. EnglishName: William "Bill" K. English

Born: Unknown

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer engineer who is known for his work in the development of the first computer mouse.
  • First person to join Douglas Engelbart's lab, the Augmentation Research Center (1964).
  • Key participant in The Mother of All Demos in 1964 that demonstrated the mouse and other technologies developed as part of the NLS (oN-Line System).
  • Developed a process to connect a terminal in the San Francisco Civic Auditorium to a host computer at SRI as well as transmit audio and video between the locations.
  • Managed the Office Systems Research Group at Xerox PARC (1971).
  • Developed a ball mouse while working at PARC.

Honors and awards

  • SRI International Alumni Hall of Fame Award (2006).

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