Co-creator of computer mouse dies
Published: 06:55 PM, 4 August 2020
William English, the co-creator of the computer mouse
William English, the co-creator of the computer mouse, has passed away, He was 91.
He died of respiratory failure on 26 July in California, confirmed his wife Roberta.
Born in 1929 in Kentucky, the engineer and inventor studied electrical engineering at university before joining the US Navy. He built the first mouse in 1963, using an idea put forward by his colleague Doug Engelbart while the pair were working on early computing.
It would only become commonplace two decades later, when personal home computers became popular.
Bill English became the first person to use a mouse when he built the prototype at Engelbart's research project at the Stanford Research Institute. The idea was Engelbart's, which he described as only being "brief notes" - but the creation was down to Bill English. Engelbart died in 2013 aged 88.