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Computer mouse inventor dies, 88

Computer mouse inventor and tech pioneer Doug Engelbart

Computer mouse inventor and tech pioneer Doug Engelbart

Doug Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse and developer of early incarnations of email, word processing programs and the internet, has died at the age of 88.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, where Engelbart had been a fellow since 2005, said it was notified of the death in an email from his daughter, Christina. The Stanford Research Institute, where he used to work, also confirmed his death. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

Back in the 1950s and `60s, when mainframes took up entire rooms and were fed data on punch cards, Engelbart already was envisioning a world in which people used computers to share ideas about solving problems.  More.  .

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