Douglas C. Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse, died Wednesday.
Doug C. Engelbart, the man credited with inventing the computer mouse, died Wednesday.
Mr. Engelbart, it's worth noting, was a prolific innovator – he did important work on video conferencing and computer displays, and helped create an early iteration of an online library. But it is to the computer mouse that Engelbart's name remains inextricably linked. In 1964, while employed at Stanford Research International, or SRI, Engelbart attended a digital conference, and began pondering how best to move a cursor across the screen.
"When he returned to work he gave a copy of a sketch to William English, a collaborator and mechanical engineer at SRI, who with the aid of a draftsman fashioned a pine case to hold the mechanical contents," writes John Markoff of the New York Times.