|Douglas Engelbart was stationed in the Philippines in the late 1940s, when he read in a Red Cross library, Vannevar Bush's "As We May Think."
He was a believer in Bush's idea of a machine that would aid human cognition.|
|In the early 1960s, he began the Augmentation Research Centre (ARC), a development environment at Stanford Research Institute.
It was here that Engelbart and his colleagues, William K English and John F Rulifson, created the On-Line System or NLS as it became known.
NLS was the world's first implementation of what would be called hypertext. Engelbart and his colleagues also persued ideas
that are today known as groupware, software that allows collaboration amongst teams of people.|
|Engelbart's work directly influenced research at Xerox's PARC, which was an inspiration itself for Apple Computers. Another great figure from the Story of Hypertext, Ted Nelson, credits Engelbart as a major influence on his works.|
|In 1991, Engelbart and his team were given the ACM Software System Award for their work on NLS.|
|Douglas Engelbart is still a visionary, and you can visit his current web home, the bootstrap organisation.|