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Continued: Technology visionary Doug Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse, dies at age of 88

  • Article by: MICHAEL LIEDTKE , AP Technology Writer
  • Last update: July 3, 2013 - 6:58 PM

After the war, Engelbart worked as an electrical engineer for what is now NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Restless, and dreaming of computers that could change the world, Engelbart left Ames to pursue his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley.

He earned his degree in 1955. But after joining the faculty, Engelbart was warned by a colleague that if he kept talking about his "wild ideas" he'd be an acting assistant professor forever. So he left for the research position at SRI.

In 1990, Engelbart started the Bootstrap Institute, which researches ways to advance collaboration on complex problems.

Engelbart is survived by his wife, Karen O'Leary Engelbart; his four children, Diana, Christina, Norman and Greda; and nine grandchildren.

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