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Celebrating the Man Behind the Mouse

Press Release Date 
Thursday, 28 January, 2010
Even as Apple garners worldwide accolades this week for its groundbreaking iPad, the global technology community on Saturday salutes pioneer Douglas Engelbart whose innovations more than 40 years ago helped revolutionize the industry. Engelbart turns 85; and more than 200 of his closest friends - including leading scientists and technology innovators - are converging on The Tech Museum to celebrate his birthday and the man who, while born in 1925, was way ahead of his time. Engelbart cemented his name in technology history when he introduced an astounded public to the computer mouse, copy and paste, e-mail and videoconferencing during what we now call "The Mother of All Demos." "Many of Doug's inventions influence how we use computers today and continues to provoke even deeper thinking about how we can use technology to benefit humanity," said Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum.

WHO: Douglas Engelbart is celebrated by museum President Peter Friess; Bill English, co-builder of the world's first mouse; David Nordfors, Executive Director, VINNOVA-Stanford Research Center of Innovation Journalism at Stanford University; Rickson Sun, Chief Technologist at IDEO, and a host of other luminaries.

WHAT: A major 85th birthday celebration with eclectic music by the band Danadra & The Lonely Swedish Housewives - a Brazilian, Caribbean, Swedish Waltz, Polka, Surf band. Watch Doug cut the rug! Video birthday greetings from around the world; cake cutting and a few birthday games. WHEN: 2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2010

WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose For more information about the birthday party, visit: http://programforthefuture.org/community/Happy-85th-Doug

To learn about the museum's upcoming "Program for the Future Design Challenge," inspired by Englebart's vision for "Collective Intelligence," visit: http://thetechvirtual.org/projects/program-for-the-future/

About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.