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Vale Douglas Englebart, inventor of the mouse and even modern computing

Vale Douglas Englebart, inventor of the mouse and even modern computing

Douglas Englebart is the man most famous for inventing the mouse, the device that help transform computers from devices that were as big as football fields to small boxes that sat on or under people’s desks.

Although the touch screen revolution threatens to make the mouse obsolete, the facts are the billions of mice or types of pointing device are still in use every day, attached to at least 1.5 billion computers out there.

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The New York Times has an excellent write-up on Mr Englebart’s life and achievements , with Mr Englebart certainly being one of the giants upon whose shoulders we all stand. He passed away at the age of 88 last Tuesday due to kidney failure.

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