What are you using to interact with your computer now? Probably you are
inputing messages through the keyboard and mouse, and reading this page on a monitor.
Engelbart was the inventor behind the now commonplace computer mouse, and other
user-friendly information systems, such as the concept of windows, teleconferencing, and
groupware. He also devised one of the first systems of hypermedia, which now powers the
world wide web.
At a computer conference in San Fransisco in 1968 Engelbart amazed his co-workers by
demonstrating a mouse and the concept of windows, running off a mainframe computer that
was miles away. Engelbart has been awarded more than 20 patents, the most notable for his
"X-Y Positing Indicator" commonly called the computer mouse.
However, Engelbart's inventions were ahead of their time. The mouse had to wait for
Steve Job's invention of the Apple Macintosh computer, and the sucess of Microsoft's
Windows operating system for personal computers is also reliant on Engelbart's invention
of the concept of computer windows.
Engelbart now works on a new type of hyperlinked operating system, that may one day
make using your computer just like browsing the web.