Inventor of Computer Mouse Passes Away

Published on July 4th, 2013

Dr has died aged 88.

The inventor of the Dr Doug Engelbart has passed away, aged 88.

The father of the mouse first unveiled his design at a public demo in San Francisco, way back in 1968 and from there his impact on the technology landscape was felt the world over.

“Doug’s legacy is immense — anyone in the world who uses a mouse or enjoys the productive benefits of a personal computer is indebted to him,” Curtis R. Carlson, SRI’s president and CEO, said in a written statement obtained by CNN.

Inventor of Computer Mouse Passes Away

Sure mouse designs have gotten more ergonomic boasting more buttons, but the basic principle has remained the same.

The prototype pictured on the right, care of Encyclopedia Britannica, shows a ball encased in a crude wooden shell, but the device could move a cursor freely across a computer screen like with modern day mice seen today.

According to obituary dedicated to Dr Engelbart over on the BBC, over one billion computer mice have been sold, which is one for every seven people on our planet.

The respected inventor was also part of the ARPANet government research facility which is credited with forming the model behind the creation of the Internet – by establishing a functional remote network between four different education facilities (University of Califonia Los Angeles, Stanford Research Institute, University of California Santa Barbera and Univeristy of Utah) and their research computers.

In the games industry it’s always easy to look to the future for excitement and innovation, but on this day it’s worth sparing a thought for the father of the mouse peripheral and his wife Karen O’Leary Engelbart and the four children he leaves behind.

The modern day PC would be nowhere near as ubiquitous as it is without Dr Engelbart’s design, and while you’re clicking away today, browsing the Internet, picking up loot in an RPG or perfectly placing a headshot in a competitive multiplayer shooter spare a thought for this interpid inventor and his world changing design.

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