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Computer pioneer Doug Engelbart of Atherton dies at 88

Original post made on Jul 5, 2013

The fellowship of high-technology pioneers lost another giant Tuesday with the death of Atherton resident Douglas Engelbart. Credited with inventing the computer mouse and coming up with concepts such as point-and-click and hypertext links, Mr. Engelbart interceded on behalf of ordinary people to extend the power of computing far and wide.

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Posted by A friend
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 5, 2013 at 9:07 am

R.I.P Doug. You were a good, kind man who did incedible things for society. You will be missed but always remembered.


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Posted by Charlie Bourne
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Doug was one of my E.E. professors at Cal; he had a great way of getting complex and abstract material across to his students. We both went to work at the Computer Techniques Lab at SRI in Menlo Park, and worked together on issues of national technical information systems, long before he was successful in getting any funding for his Augmented Human Intellect work. The 1968 FJCC demonstration that the article mentioned was a major project in itself, requiring microwave relays from SRI to a van on Skyline Blvd. and on to the conference hotel in San Francisco; that relay itself required an NSF grant. His later AHI project also supported my last collaborative effort with him, the development and demonstration in 1963 of the first online text and bibliographic search system; this "proof-of-concept" system made use of a computer console at SRI, the Q-32 air defense system computer at SDC in Santa Monica, leased telephone lines from SRI to SDC, and programs written by Len Chaitin at SRI and executed on the SDC time-shared computer.

The article did not have room to mention the work he did to develop and demonstrate real-time conference voting/display/feedback systems and computer component development (e.g., gas-tube shift registers, magnetic device shift registers).

He was one of the good ones.


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Posted by Virginia Chang Kiraly
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Jul 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm

RIP, Doug Engelbart. You were a visionary. Best of all, you were a kind and patient gentleman and friend. We will miss you!