Bill English: Computer mouse co-creator dies at 91

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A young Bill English sits at an old 1960s computer terminal in this 1960s archive photoImage copyright
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Bill English was the engineer who took the “rough notes” of an idea and built the first mouse

The co-creator of the computer mouse, William English, has died aged 91.

The engineer and inventor was born in 1929 in Kentucky and 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.

Mr English’s death was

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