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2002/7/8 [Academia/Berkeley/Classes, Computer/HW/IO, Academia/StanfUrd] UID:25300 Activity:kinda low
7/8     The mouse was invented by a Cal alumus IN THE SIXTIES!
        http://www.coe.berkeley.edu/labnotes/0702/history.html
        \_ bh showed his presentation in lecture when I took CS 61A. It was
           interesting. --dim
        \_ yeah, but he was working at Stanford.  Engelbart also invented
           hyperlinks, I think.
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www.coe.berkeley.edu/labnotes/0702/history.html
Douglas Carl Engelbart, who received his PhD in electrical engineering in 1955, not only invented the mouse but helped define the way in which we interact with personal computers to this day--from multiple windows to hypertext links. Born in 1925 on a farmstead near Portland, Oregon, Engelbart studied electrical engineering at Oregon State University and served in the Navy as a radar technician before completing his degree. While working at what is now NASA Ames, Engelbart experienced an epiphany driving to work. According to his Web site, Engelbart envisioned "people sitting in front of cathode-ray-tube displays, 'flying around' in an information space where they could formulate and portray their concepts in ways that could better harness sensory, perceptual and cognitive capabilities heretofore gone untapped. After completing his PhD and a brief stint as an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, Engelbart took a position at the Stanford Research Institute. One of the myriad research projects included an evaluation of various available "screen selection" devices, lightpens and their ilk, that would dovetail with new forms of networked computer interaction. One approach Engelbert tossed into the mix was an idea for a device he had batted around for several years. His trusted collaborator Bill English built the first model out of wood and the team collectively began calling it the "mouse" because of its resemblance to a rodent. As the experiments continued, the mouse trounced the other devices in terms of usability. In 1967, Engelbart's research lab became the second node on the ARPANet, the predecessor to the Internet. This enabled the group to further develop their On-Line System (NLS), the first collaborative and integrated digital environment. Today, Engelbart lives in the Silicon Valley where he directs a technology thinktank called the Bootstrap Alliance, dedicated to the core idea that informed, and continues to permeate, all of his work: "Purposefully investing in improving organizational collective IQ through intelligent improvement strategies promises to yield compound returns. The Lab Notes mission is to illuminate groundbreaking research underway today at the College of Engineering that will dramatically change our lives tomorrow.