Douglas Engelbart (1925 to 2013) was one of the world’s greatest innovators and scientific pioneers, having created at SRI International (at the time Stanford Research Institute) the computer mouse, hypertext, networked computers, and the graphical user interface. That is, he created the fundamental ideas behind the modern PC interface, including multiple windows, real-time text editing, and video teleconferencing.
Engelbart’s overriding mission was to augment human intelligence so that society could more rapidly solve its important, urgent problems. He did that in his computer science work but he also made seminal contributions to our understanding of the fundamental principles that allow it to happen. (more…)