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  Alan Kay

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Alan C. Kay (1940- )

Bushily moustached, cheerfully independent thinker from Springfield, Massachusetts. Alan Kay earned a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1966 and a Ph.D. at the University of Utah in 1969. As a director at Xerox PARC in Silicon Valley, he became renowned for pioneering the concept of personal portable computing, as well as critical elements of the graphical user interface, object-oriented programming, and computer education. He was influenced by the work of Marshall McLuhan, Seymour Papert, and Doug Engelbart.

In later years Kay has sojourned at Apple, Disney, and in 2002, Hewlett-Packard.

  • The Reactive Engine (1969)
  • Personal Dynamic Media (with Adele Goldberg, 1977)
  • Microelectronics and the Personal Computer (1977)
  • Computer Software (1984)
  • Computers, Networks and Education (1991)
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