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Computer and internet pioneer Robert Taylor dies at 85
A computer scientist, Robert Taylor who was instrumental in the creation of the internet and modern computer, has died. Taylor, who had suffered from Parkinson's disease, died at his home in Woodside, California. He was 85.
- In 1966, As a researcher for the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency Taylor was frustrated that he had to use three separate terminals to communicate with researchers through incompatible computer systems.
- The team of Taylor also developed the networking technology Ethernet and a what-you-see-is-what-you-get word processing program called Bravo that would become the basis for Microsoft Word.
- In the development of modern computing technology, including computer networks, the personal computer and the graphical user interface in 1999.
- Taylor was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation "for visionary leadership.
- PARC researchers were awarded the National Academy of Engineering's Draper Prize for the development of "the first practical networked personal computers in 2004.