Remembering Chuck Thacker
February 26, 1943–June 12, 2017
Charles (Chuck) P. Thacker was a physicist by training but a computer architect and engineer by vocation. Working with researchers Butler Lampson, Bob Taylor, and Alan Kay at Xerox PARC, in 1973 he completed the Xerox Alto computer, the model for nearly all computers today. A decade before they appeared on Windows or Apple systems, Alto embedded pioneering concepts like the graphical user interface, pull-down menus, a mouse, overlapping windows, icons, word processing, email, networking and more. For Alto and many other important computing breakthroughs, Thacker was made a CHM Fellow in 2007.READ MORE
How Affectiva’s Rana el Kaliouby Is Engineering Emotional Intelligence
At 4.8 million faces throughout 75 countries, Affectiva has amassed the world’s largest emotion recognition database. On June 8, Affeciva co-founder and CEO Rana el Kaliouby joined the Museum’s John Hollar for an enlightening conversation about the emotion-sensing technology that is defining the world’s emotional intelligence.
Fellow Award Nominations
Accepting 2018 Fellow Award nominations through August 30, 2017
For three decades, the Fellow Awards at CHM have honored distinguished individuals and pioneering teams whose contributions have forever transformed our world. From now until August 30, we are accepting public nominations for our 2018 Fellow Awards.
What the DEC?!?
Records of Minicomputer Giant Digital Equipment Corporation Open for Research at CHM
Discover the story of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in the largest and most complete set of DEC records in existence, dating from 1947 through 2002. The collection is a comprehensive technical history of every major computing innovation at DEC, as well as its nontraditional business culture.