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This Week in History of Computing

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

On June 28th 1971 was born Elon Reeve Musk. He is an engineer, industrial designer, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is a citizen of South Africa, Canada, and the United States. He is based in the United States, where he immigrated to at age 20 and has resided since then. He is the founder, CEO and chief engineer/designer of SpaceX; early investor, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Neuralink; and co-founder and initial co-chairman of OpenAI. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2018. In December 2016, he was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People, and was ranked joint-first on the Forbes list of the Most Innovative Leaders of 2019. A self-made billionaire, as of June 2020 his net worth was estimated at $42.6 billion and he is listed by Forbes as the 31st-richest person in the world. He is the longest tenured CEO of any automotive manufacturer globally.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk

Lynne Jolitz
Lynne Jolitz

On June 30th 1961 was born Lynne Greer Jolitz. She is a figure in free software and founder of many startups in Silicon Valley, along with her husband William.

Lynne Jolitz, along with her husband, is probably most famous for her pioneering work to port and to free the 386BSD operating system. She has founded startup companies that involve workstations to companies in Internet multimedia.

Lynne is also a noted author and authority on operating systems and networking issues. Lynne is an internet news media commentator discussing events in the computer industry and wrote frequently for BYTE. She also holds patents in internet technologies and semiconductor memory innovations, and writes technical papers and articles. She is currently an adviser to CoolClip network, an internet startup that uses the server-based video production engine that Lynne originally designed and tested at the University of California, Berkeley.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynne_Jolitz

Douglas Engelbart
Douglas Engelbart

On July 2nd 2013 died Douglas Carl Engelbart. He was an American engineer and inventor, and an early computer and Internet pioneer. He is best known for his work on founding the field of human–computer interaction, particularly while at his Augmentation Research Center Lab in SRI International, which resulted in creation of the computer mouse, and the development of hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to graphical user interfaces. These were demonstrated at The Mother of All Demos in 1968. Engelbart’s law, the observation that the intrinsic rate of human performance is exponential, is named after him.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Engelbart

Brendan Eich
Brendan Eich

On July 4th 1961 was born Brendan Eich. He is an American technologist and creator of the JavaScript programming language. He co-founded the Mozilla project, the Mozilla Foundation and the Mozilla Corporation, and served as the Mozilla Corporation’s chief technical officer and briefly, as its chief executive officer. He is the CEO of Brave Software.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Eich

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