Douglas Engelbart

American engineer and inventor

Douglas C. Engelbart (January 30, 1925July 2, 2013) was an American inventor of Norwegian, Swedish and German descent, and winner of the 1997 Turing Award and the 2000 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He is best known for inventing the computer mouse (in a joint effort with William English); as a pioneer of human-computer interaction whose team developed hypertext, networked personal computing, and precursors to GUIs; and as a committed and vocal proponent of the development and use of computers and networks to help cope with the world's increasingly more urgent and complex problems (which Horst W. J. Rittel and others since have called wicked problems).

Douglas Engelbart


  • The key thing about all the world's big problems is that they have to be dealt with collectively. If we don't get collectively smarter, we're doomed.
    • Intelligence in the Internet Age, New York Times, 9/19/05 [1]

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