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Inventor of Computer Mouse, Doug Engelbart dies at the age of 88

New Delhi, Thu, 04 Jul 2013 NI Wire

Computer mouse is or has been used by every individual that can sit on computer. It gave way to touchpad for laptops but is still used in more number than its counterpart.

The man who invented the Computer mouse, Doug Engelbart died today at the age of 88. Engelbert's daughter Christina notified about his death to the state's Computer History Museum in an email.

She said that her father had kidney failure and died peacefully on Tuesday night in his sleep.

Engelbart developed mouse in the 1960s as a wooden shell covering two metal wheels, patenting it long before the mouse's widespread use.

Engelbart was born on 30 January 1925 in Portland, Oregon, to a radio repairman father and a housewife mother. He was working in a government aerospace laboratory in California when he had the vision of computer mouse.

The time he started working, computer was at infant stage and was a monstrous machine that required huge amount of time to process. But Engelbart had already imagined the future of computer and related technology. He was ahead of many scientists working on the same technology.

After the Vietnam War he started working on interactive computer at an experimental research group at Stanford Research Institute, which had the financial backing of the Air Force, NASA and the Advanced Research Projects Agency, an arm of the Defense Department.

In 1968 at a conference, he demonstrated a working model of a mouse, computer and keyboard that was used to share data on networking. He demonstrated text editing, video conferencing and hypertext.

His idea of computer networking was the base and first step towards ARPAnet.

He never made money with the invention of Mouse as his patent was till 1987 and Mouse came in wide use after 80’s when Steve Jobs of Apple bought one click mouse. Apple never paid any money to Engelbart.

Doug Engelbart is survived by his second wife, Karen O'Leary Engelbart, four children and nine grand children.

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