Charles P. Thacker, Xerox Alto Designer.
Firstly, the Xerox Alto designer, Charles P. Thacker was one of the lead hardware designers of the first modern personal computer. The Xerox Alto. Furthermore, he was also one of the co-inventors of the Ethernet LAN and contributed to many other projects. One of which was the first laser printer.
Born on the 26th of February in 1943, Pasadena, California, the United States of America. Charles P. Thacker studied at the University of California, in Berkeley and his field was computer science. Then he went on to win awards, including the IEEE John von Neumann Medal (awarded in 2007) and the Turing Award sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize” of Computing (awarded in 2010).
Charles P. Thacker has died of a brief illness on the 12 of June 2017, in Palo Alto, California, in the United States. He was 74.
In addition, please visit the memorial web page.
Released in 1973 the Xerox Alto wasn’t much of a commercial success. Although, it was an incredibly influential machine and a great advancement in lead hardware, technology, and design. Ahead of its time, it boasted resizable windows as part of its graphical user interface (GUI), along with a mouse, involving windows, icons, menus, Ethernet, a pointer and numerous other technologies that didn’t become standard until years later. It was also the first computer to make us of and bring into effective action the desktop metaphor.
Charles P. Thacker profoundly affected the course of modern computing. At Glo, we would like to express our condolences and gratitude for such an achievement which may be the reason that desktops and similar technologies are so common in life today.
The Xerox Alto Designer.
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One of the biggest computer science influencers.