Google is using its ‘Google Doodle’ platform to celebrate the life of Greek computer engineer and scientist Michael Dertouzos. Dertouzos is renowned for predicting the significance and impact of the internet on the lives of people before it existed in the current form. He anticipated how popular the personal computer will become and helped ensure that they are used to their maximum potential in the Laboratory for Computer Science in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also ensured that the lab turned into “a thriving research center” while “employing hundreds of people”.
According to the details of the doodle by Google, under his leadership, the Computer Science lab at MIT was able to help users collaborate on important breakthroughs including “distributed systems”. ARPANET, RSA encryption, time-sharing, and more. He ensured that the Lab was the home of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in North America. His significance in the development of the internet can be guessed by the fact that he was the one who recruited Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web.
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Dertouzos also wrote a number of books including “The Information Marketplace” in 1980, “What Will Be: How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives” in 1997, and “The Unfinished Revolution: Human-Centered Computers and What They Can Do For Us, Dertouzos” in 2001.