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Doug Engelbart, computer visionary and pioneer, dies at 88
See Press Release from SRI International and John Markoff's NY Times article and links to key articles and newscasts in Press Tributes to Doug Engelbart on his Passing
See also:
Blogpost: The Human Side of Doug Engelbart
Tributes posted on our Facebook Page
Tributes posted on NY Times Guestbook
Tributes to Doug on his 85th Birthday (2010)

Doug Engelbart's Design for High Performance Innovative Organizations: Change Your Organization's Nervous System,
by Patty Seybold,, July 17, 2013
I have been a fan and follower of Doug Engelbart since I first discovered his work in the early 1970s. After his death in 2013, I revisited a videotaped interview I did with Doug in November of 1991 [in which Doug described] much of his seminal thinking about how to design high performance organizations. [...] In this article, I summarize a few of the high points from that interview.

Doug The Mouse Inventor's Vision of Computing,
by John Markoff, NY Times, July 13, 2013
Beginning in the 1950s, when computing was in its infancy, Douglas C. Engelbart set out to show that progress in science and engineering could be greatly accelerated if researchers, working in small groups, shared computing power. [...] In December 1968, however, he set the computing world on fire with a remarkable demonstration...

CHM Fellow Douglas C. Engelbart,
by Marc Weber, Computer History Museum, July 12, 2013
His goal was building systems to augment human intelligence. His group prototyped much of modern computing (and invented the mouse) along the way...

Did Silicon Valley Abandon Doug Engelbart?, by Mike Cassidy, The Mercury News TECHblog, Jul 5, 2013

Previous Highlights 1b

The Pioneers of the World Wide Web,
By Andrew Beattie, Techopedia, April 29, 2013
Tim Berners-Lee deserves praise for putting together the World Wide Web, but others can take credit for giving him the idea....

Improve Your Ecosystem's Ability to Tackle Complex Issues,
by Patty Seybold, in Outside Innovation, June 6, 2010
For internetworked organizations [...] there’s also a robust body of proven practices that reminds us how to accelerate our capacity for innovation as a group of people. Many of the basic principles for “bootstrapping innovation” among people who are working together online (and offline) to address complex issues were invented and practiced by Doug Engelbart. [...] At our recent Visionaries’ meeting, Christina Engelbart, Doug’s daughter, reminded us that her father’s life work revolved around helping groups of people tackle really complex issues. (read the article)

photo Christina Engelbart presenting at PDA Conference
Christina Engelbart speaking re:
the vision driving Doug's work

[photo courtesy SRI International]

Bootstrapping Innovation: Leveraging the Collective IQ to Achieve Powerful Results,
by Ronni Marshak, Senior Consultant/Analyst, Patricia Seybold Group, June 3, 2010
At our Spring 2010 Visionaries meeting, Christina Engelbart, executive director of the Doug Engelbart Institute and heir apparent to the visionary thinking of her father, Doug Engelbart, presented the concepts and action model for Bootstrapping Innovation… (read the article)

Celebrating friendship and the computer mouse in Southeast Portland,
Anna Griffin, The Oregonian, Jun 18, 2010
When Engelbart was a boy, gravel covered Southeast Foster Road, most people kept cows ... "Doug is the man he is because he grew up in that environment. ...

Doug Engelbart to receive Weatherford Award: Entrepreneurship, innovation honored at awards ceremony,
OSU Press Release, Jan 14, 2010
A lifelong commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation in business will be recognized at Oregon State University's Austin Entrepreneurship Program's annual award ceremony...
• See also the official Award Citation, as well as Honors Awarded to Doug Engelbart for this and other awards he has received.

photo Steve Wozniak with Doug at his 85th birthday party
Steve Wozniak with Doug at his 85th birthday party
[photo by Patrick Tehan/Mercury News]

Honoring a creative force in high tech: Douglas Engelbart turns 85,
San Jose Mercury News, Jan 30, 2010
• See also Celebrating Doug's 85th Birthday page, as well as our Birthday Greetings site for heartfelt posts from colleagues, family, old friends, and admirers

The Computer History Museum, SRI International, and BBN Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of First ARPANET Transmission, Precursor to Today's Internet,
SRI Newsroom - Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ARPANET - the first distributed computer network...
• See also Engelbart's role in launching the ARPANET

Student’s work recognized by Menlo Park research institute,
Baylor Proud, October 16, 2009.
Baylor University spotlights Doug Engelbart Institute's "Student Showcase" featuring Baylor Honors Student Philip Heinrich.

Honorary Events:

photo Doug and past recipients
Doug receives NMC Fellows Award
[photo courtesy Gardner Campbell]

Doug Engelbart: Receives 2009 NMC Fellows Award
New Media Consortium. June 13, 2009.
"NMC Fellow Awarded June 2009 at NMC Summer Conference ..."

NMC 2009 Closing Plenary: Dreams About How The World Could Be
Dr. Gardner Campbell. Gardner Writes, June 17, 2009.

  Doug is celebrated on 40th anniversary
of his 1968 demo
[photo courtesy SRI]

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the "Mother of All Demos"

SRI International Event Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Seminal Demonstration...
International Business Times. December 3,2008.
"On that day in 1968 at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco, Engelbart and his team in SRI's Augmentation Research Center (ARC) debuted numerous – and now ubiquitous – technology innovations ..."

The mouse turns 40: an interview with Paul Saffo ...
Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat, December 5, 2008.

Muted Celebration for Computing
Maggie Shiels, BBC News, December 10, 2008.

A Commitment to Complete the Work of Augmenting Human Intelligence
Patty Seybold, Outside Innovation, December 11, 2008.

The Valley Visionaries
Maggie Shiels, BBC News blog, December 12, 2008.

Logitech Ships Billionth Mouse
MarketWatch, December 3, 2008.
"Logitech's product innovations support Engelbart's vision of human-computer tools for interactive and collaborative work." In celebration of its billionth mouse ...

Firm makes one billionth mouse
Maggie Shiels, BBC News, December 3, 2008.

Top 50 Tech Visionaries
Christopher Null, PC World, May 18, 2008

Press Archives 1c

See our Press Clippings file for a fairly complete listing of past articles, video interviews, and books featuring Doug Engelbart's work that we have tracked from the press.

Press Inquiries 2

Press Packet 2a

Here are the links most commonly requested by journalists:

  • About Doug Engelbart - a short bio on Doug Engelbart, plus our 5 page biographical sketch A Lifetime Pursuit which highlights his vision and accomplishments in biographical story form; see also Patents, Awards, Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography.
  • Photos and Videos - for photos see History in Pix, Stanford University's MouseSite Photo Gallery, and our Project Gallery; for video footage see our Engelbart Video Resources page; please refer to Terms of Use below.
  • Top Picks - please do your homework! These selected readings posted on our Main Library page are hand-picked representative pieces about Doug and his vision and accomplishments. See also our Library Topic Index where you may find factual information to support your chosen topic area.
  • Engelbart's strategic vision - Engelbart is best known for inventing the mouse and other tools; however his greatest innovations have been in the vision and strategy he devised for bootstrapping the innovation in his lab out of which emerged unprecedented levels of insight and breakthrough innovation. Please also see our Projects section for a glimpse of current and future projects we have been busy with, if for no other reason than to appreciate that Engelbart's work is not about the past! He has always pointed to the future...
  • Setting the Record Straight - unfortunately many of the press coming before you did not do their homework or check their assertions and have printed incorrect information, which in turn was being picked up by the next wave of journalists and taken as fact. Please help us shift this process and ensure quality and integrity of the press by taking the time to review the above links and check your facts.

Terms of Use 2b

The copyrights on most of Doug's historic papers, photos, and video footage are held by other organizations such as SRI International where he conducted his seminal research, or the professional societies and organizations where he presented his papers and talks. Please refer to the copyright information as posted for each item in question. See our Permissions page for specifics.

Contacting Us 2c

Please familiarize yourself with the above before you contact the Doug Engelbart Institute and/or write your piece. We spend considerable energy responding to requests from the press, and would very much appreciate this consideration in return. We also work closely with Press Relations at SRI International; to contact directly call Ellie Javadi at 650.859.4874 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

More Resources 3

For more background, use the main menu on our website to navigate the considerable resources available, including vision, initiatives, bigraphical information, writings, video archives, presentations, demos, workshops, panel discussions, topic summaries, etc.

"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. [...]

Ask Engelbart, and he says his life's work is about an even more audacious goal: trying to figure out ways to help the human race solve its increasingly complex problems..."

– Source: A man, a mouse, a mission. By Peter Burrows, Business Week, November 2, 2004.

Commemorative Events 4

Announcing 40th Anniversary Event at Stanford Dec 9, 2008 - click for details
Visit our 40th Anniversary event page for links to photos, speeches, press, and more.

Billionth Mouse

Click here for fun facts, photos,
and Press Release

And More

See our Historic Events page for more.