The inventor of the mouse, Doug Engelbart died Tuesday aged 88. Born on 30 January 1925 in Portland, Oregon to a radio technician father, Engelbart studied electrical engineering at Oregon State University before working as a radar technician in the World War II.
Though known as the inventor of the mouse, Engelbart developed many of the tools we use in computing today.
He worked on early versions of today’s email, word processing and video teleconferences
After his doctorate at University of California, Berkeley, he founded his own research lab called the Augmentation Research Center. There he developed ARPANet, as a government research network which later became the internet.
Though over a billion PC have been sold to date, Engelbart didn’t make billions with his invention. In 1983 he licensed the mouse technology to Apple for $40,000 and its patent ran out in 1987.
Here is the 1968 video of the now legendary presentation popularly known as the “mother of all demos” as he demoed the mouse and video teleconferencing.