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Douglas Engelbart

1925 Portland, OR USA

engel.gif (16837 bytes) Although such things as the graphical user interface and the mouse are largely taken for granted today, they might not be part of the computing environment without Douglas Engelbart and his quest to develop a computerized system to assist human intellect.

Douglas Engelbart was born in 1925 in Portland, Ore. He graduated from high school in Portland and enrolled at Oregon State University in Corvallis in 1942. Engelbart planned to study electrical engineering, and had a strong interest in learning RADAR, at the time a new military technology. Although he had no interest in a military career, he also had no other career plans. He was merely interested in getting an education.