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Charles P. Thacker

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Charles P. Thacker
Charles Patrick Thacker

(1943-02-26)February 26, 1943
DiedJune 12, 2017(2017-06-12) (aged 74)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (B.S., 1967)
Known forAlto (computer)
AwardsIEEE John von Neumann Medal (2007)
A. M. Turing Award (2009)
Computer History Museum Fellow (2007)[1]
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsXerox, DEC, Microsoft Research

Charles Patrick "Chuck" Thacker (February 26, 1943 – June 12, 2017) was an American pioneer computer designer.[2] He worked on the Xerox Alto, which is the first computer that used a mouse-driven Graphical User Interface. He was known for being the co-inventor of the ethernet.

Thacker died on June 12, 2017 from complications from esophageal cancer in Palo Alto, California at the age of 74.[2]


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  1. "Charles (Chuck) Thacker 2007 Fellow". Archived from the original on 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Xerox Alto designer, co-inventor of Ethernet, dies at 74". Ars Technica. 13 June 2017.

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