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Issue No.02 - April-June (2007 vol.29)
pp: 18-30
Susan B. Barnes , Rochester Institute of Technology
ABSTRACT
Alan Kay is referred to as the "father of the personal computer" because his 1969 doctoral thesis described an early prototype of personal computing. Kay's ideas contributed to the transformation of the computer from a calculating machine to a communication medium. This article focuses on Kay's vision for personal computing.
INDEX TERMS
Dynabook, graphical user interface, human-computer interaction, Alan Kay, modeless computing, overlapping windows, personal computer, Smalltalk, Xerox PARC
CITATION
Susan B. Barnes, "Alan Kay: Transforming the Computer into a Communication Medium", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.29, no. 2, pp. 18-30, April-June 2007, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2007.17
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