Douglas Engelbart has died at the age of 88.
Douglas C. Engelbart, a visionary scientist whose singular epiphany in 1950 about technology’s potential to expand human intelligence led to a host of inventions — among them the computer mouse — that became the basis for both the Internet and the modern personal computer, died on Tuesday at his home in Atherton, Calif. He was 88.
Engelbart was known for this 1968 (!) demo of interactive computing:
The story goes that while in World War II stationed on an island he read the Vannevar Bush work "As We May Think", and it became the foundation for his work.