Google Doodle, on Monday, commemorated computer scientist Michael Dertouzos on his 82nd birth anniversary. Dertouzos foresaw the impact the internet would have on the everyday lives of people. He also predicted the popularity of personal computers and played a significant role in maximising the potential of computers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The doodle pictures a collage of Dertouzos with a chalk in his hand, facing away from a blackboard and a few other small pictures of computers and the internet.

Born in Athens, Greece in 1936, the late Greek professor completed his graduation from Athens college. Later he joined the University of Arkansas on a Fulbright Scholarship. After earning a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968, he joined the institute as a faculty. He was the Director of MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) from 1974 to 2001.

“Dertouzos worked to make LCS the North American home of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an alliance of companies promoting the Web’s evolution and interconnectivity. Dertouzos recruited Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, to run it,” writes Google.

Dertouzos wrote a number of books, including What Will Be: How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives. “If we strip the hype away,” he wrote in the book, “a simple, crisp and inevitable picture emerges – of an Information Marketplace where people and their computers will buy, sell and freely exchange information and information work.” 


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