1997 – Douglas Engelbart
Bootstrap Institute

"For an inspiring vision of the future of interactive computing and the invention of key technologies to help realize this vision."

More than any other single person, Douglas Engelbart is responsible for an inspiring vision of the potential of computing to augment human intelligence. In particular, it was his vision of a computer and communications based working environment, and invention of key tools and systems that helped start the personal computer revolution that has changed how we live and work. Engelbart's many innovations include the ubiquitous computer mouse, multiple on screen windows, linked hypermedia, shared screen teleconferencing and computer aided meetings as well as online publishing.

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