Computer genius, Doug Engelbart, dies, aged 88

Doug Engelbart, who introduced the world to the computer mouse, has died at the age of 88

Doug Engelbart, who introduced the world to the computer mouse, has died at the age of 88.

His first significant breakthrough in computing occurred in December 1968. It was described as the mother of all demos. On 9 December 1968, Engelbart and a group of researchers from the Augmented Human Intellect (AHI) Research Center at Stanford Research Institute gave a public demonstration of how they saw IT would change the way people work.

At the time, one of the most significant things Engelbart said relates to personal access to enable users to collaborate and access shared computer resources.

He showed how users could each have their own computer workstation connected to a shared computer system, with each user having a private file space and groups of users sharing a community space.

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