Internet Pioneer Robert Taylor Dies at 85

News | April 14, 2017 By:

Robert Taylor, one of the key creators of the Internet and an instrumental figure in the development of the personal computer and computer mouse, has died.

Taylor passed away at his home in Woodside, California on Thursday. He was 85 years old

His breakthrough moment came when he was working for the Pentagon in 1966. As the new director of the Information Processing Techniques Office, he wondered why three separate computers were needed to communicate with research projects. He decided that a single network would be more practical. He quickly convinced his superiors, and was funded to create his vision. That became Arpanet, which was the forerunner of the Internet we know today.

Taylor later was instrumental in the creation of the Alto computer, the forerunner of the personal compute, and helped back the inventor of the computer mouse.