The man who helped us out work even faster with computers.
William “Bill” English, the co-inventor of the mouse, died at the age of 91 due to respiratory failure. English helped create the ever first computer mouse with Douglas Engelbart, which was initially named as Cat. It was first developed in 1968. They have outlined many concepts that would come to PCs over the decades, such as graphical user interfaces, online text editing, video calls, and hypertext links.
This arranged, outlined, then established the “Mother of All Demos.’ William English was the one who gripped the ideas and had the skill and talent to bring those ideas into a product. Engelbert was the one who sketched the mouse, but English was the one who built it and orchestrated the things behind the scene during the demo.
William “Bill” English’s Legacy
Aside from the first mouse legacy, he and Engelbert were the ones who anticipated the Xerox’ Plato Research, which undoubtedly enhanced and used up to this day.
The first mouse, as built by Bill English and Douglas Engelbart in the mid-’60s, consisted of a crude button, pinewood block, and a connector. The original one has two potentiometers components that could follow the movement of two small wheels under the device. This primitive invention may not have been enticing to some in the 60s, but it was able to flourish that has been used for decades now.
The two inventors named it a mouse after the way the cursor. It was initially called CAT, for, at that time, it was seemed to chase the mouse movement.
Both English and Engelbart were also said to be taking part in government-funded psychedelics testing during the mouse invention process in the nearby International Foundation for Advanced Study.
In his later years of English, he worked for Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC). This is the place where he would develop a ball mouse and help build a machine that would inspire both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh computers.