Calendar of Events  

The Xerox Alto: A Personal Retrospective

Charles (Chuck) Thacker, and Butler Lampson

Wednesday, July 04, 2001

6:00 p.m.

NASA Ames Main Auditorium (Building 201),
Moffett Federal Airfield, Mountain View, CA, USA

Registration is now closed.

Call (650) 810-1898 for information.

Thirty years ago, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center created, over a relatively short period, a paradigm shift in computing. Many of the technologies that make today's personal computers attractive, including high-quality graphical user interfaces, window systems, networked distributed computing, and laser printing, were mature technologies at PARC by the end of the '70s. The platform on which many of these technologies were developed was the Alto personal computer. Although small and slow by today's standards, the Alto's flexibility made it an ideal system for hardware and software experimentation. In this talk, Chuck Thacker and Butler Lampson describe a few of the applications and technologies the Alto enabled, as well as the exceptional working environment at PARC and the extraordinarily talented group of people who made it all happen.

The Computer History Museum offers a variety of membership levels. To find out more, please visit our individual membership or call 650-810-2722.


About the Museum | Exhibits | Collections | What's Happening | Giving | About This Site
Privacy | Copyright | Feedback | Credits | Advanced Search | Site Map

© 2004 Computer History Museum. All rights reserved.
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View CA 94043    Ph 650-810-1010