This week, the National Academy of Engineering awarded its highest honor, the Draper Prize, to four men who revolutionized computing. Working at the legendary Palo Alto Research Center, or Xerox PARC, they developed many of the ideas — from a graphical user interface to simple networking — that have helped make personal computers so personal. In this hour, NPR's Ira Flatow talks with three of the award-winning engineers about their work, and about the history — and future — of computing.
Alan C. Kay
*Senior fellow, HP Lab, Hewlett-Packard
Robert W. Taylor
*Director emeritus, Systems Research Center at Compaq Computer
Charles P. Thacker
*Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft