(The Hosting News) – Do you know who invented the computer mouse? If you answered yes, congratulations; though you’re probably in the minority.
But for those who did not know, the answer is computer scientist Douglas C. Engelbart. Sadly, the inventor behind the important device has passed away. He was 88. The cause was said to be kidney failure.
Engelbart’s initial design for the mouse in 1967 consisted of two metal wheels encased in a wooden shell. At the time, he was an employee of SRI International, currently a nonprofit research institute. SRI patented the design.
The patent was later licensed to Apple, Inc where it evolved into what we know today. Engelbart actually didn’t collect any money from the device’s success, however.
He did receive quite a bit of recognition. In 2000, U.S. President Bill Clinton honored him with the National Medal of Technology. In recent years, he served on numerous advisory boards.
“Engelbart’s work is the very foundation of personal computing and the Internet. His vision was to solve humanity’s most important problems by using computers to improve communication and collaboration. He was world famous for his invention of the computer mouse and the origins of interactive computing,” stated SRI International via a press release.
And while the mouse may be somewhat dwindling in popularity due to ever increasing touchscreen devices – it’s safe to say we’ll still rely on it for some time to come.