- NAME: Douglas C. Engelbart
- OCCUPATION: Computer Programmer, Inventor
- BIRTH DATE: c. January 25, 1925
- DEATH DATE: July 02, 2013
- EDUCATION: Oregon State College (Oregon State University), University of California, Berkeley
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Portland, Oregon
- PLACE OF DEATH: Atherton, California
- Full Name: Douglas Carl Engelbart
- AKA: Douglas C. Engelbart
- AKA: Doug Engelbart
- AKA: Douglas Engelbart
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Douglas C. Engelbart was a pioneer in the design of interactive computer environments best known for inventing the computer mouse in 1964.
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Engelbart died of kidney failure in Atherton, California, on July 2, 2013. He was 88.
He was survived by his second wife, Karen O’Leary Engelbart; daughters Gerda, Diana and Christina; son Norman; and nine grandchildren. (His first wife, Ballard Fish Engelbart, died of ovarian cancer in 1997.)
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