In memoriam: Charles Thacker

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CACM also has an article [ https://cacm.acm.org/news/218536-in-memoriam-charles-p-chuck-thacker-1943-2017/fulltext ] but you may have trouble accessing it.

“Charles Thacker, one of the lead hardware designers on the Xerox Alto, the first modern personal computer, died of a brief illness on Monday. He was 74.

The Alto, which was released in 1973 but was never a commercial success, was an incredibly influential machine. Ahead of its time, it boasted resizeable windows as part of its graphical user interface, along with a mouse, Ethernet, and numerous other technologies that didn’t become standard until years later. (Last year, Y Combinator acquired one and began restoring it.)”

https://arstechnica.com/business/2017/06/charles-thacker-key-designer-of-the-xerox-alto-dies-at-74/