RIP Doug Englebart

It’s ironic to think of someone who invented a paradigm tied so directly to the X/Y axis as one who “think’s outside the box”, but yesterday the inventor of the computer mouse, Doug Englebart, passed away.

Douglas Carl Engelbart (January 30, 1925 – July 2, 2013) was an American 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.

Engelbart was a committed, vocal proponent of the development and use of computers and computer networks to help cope with the world’s increasingly urgent and complex problems.Engelbart embedded a set of organizing principles in his lab, which he termed “bootstrapping strategy”. He designed the strategy to accelerate the rate of innovation of his lab.

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