RIP Doug Engelbart


Doug Engelbart

Doug Engelbart

In 1968, Doug Engelbart invented the Mouse, the Hyperlink, Cut – Copy & Paste, Object Linking and Embedding, and he was a pioneer of Arpanet on which the Internet was built.  It was on his work that Tim Berners-Lee built the Web.  Doug has passed away today at age 88.

He has been absolutely one of my heroes since as AV Technician, I showed the whole 100 minute video (linked to in parts below) to the computing department of University College London back in 1969.

I remember the audience seemed interested but the consensus was “It’ll never catch on”.  I believed him!

I’ve had links to these videos on my website ever since I’ve had a website. Anyone who thinks Microsoft, Apple or even Xerox invented the Graphical User Interface, the Mouse, the Internet, the Hyperlink etc should click here: The real birth of computing as we know it.  Watch Clip 12.


By Stephen Bell Posted in Media

One comment on “RIP Doug Engelbart

  1. I’m sure that he’d have been proud to know that he made such an impression on you, and that you were such a loyal follower – I shall watch the clips with interest.

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