William English, computer mouse co-inventor, dies at 91

William English, computer mouse co-inventor, dies at 91

William English, the engineer and researcher who helped build the first computer mouse and, in 1968, died on July 26 in San Rafael, Calif. He was 91, The New York Times reported.

Alongside Douglas Englebart at the Stanford Research Institute, English helped develop the first computer mouse and put together a 1968 “Mother of All Demos” that outlined many concepts that would come to PCs over the decades, such as graphical user interfaces, online text editing, video calls and hypertext links.

He was one of the computing pioneers who “showed what a computer interface could — and should — look like,” a colleague said.

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