A Man, a Mouse, a Mission

Point-and-click pioneer Doug Engelbart is still going full-tilt trying to figure out ways to solve complex problems facing the world

If the name Douglas C. Engelbart ever comes up on TV's Jeopardy game show, the question doubtless will have been: "Who invented the computer mouse?" In fact, that's hardly Engelbart's only claim. More than a gizmo inventor, he was also a pioneer of the graphical user interface, showing how his mouse could be used to help nontechies get far more out of computing by pointing and clicking instead of memorizing arcane computer commands. He also developed an e-mail and online service of sorts back in 1968, three years before Netscape Communications founder Marc Andreessen was born.

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