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Interesting facts about Michael Dertouzos' 82nd Birthday: The man who foresaw the Internet’s impact

Michael Dertouzos was a Greek professor, who worked at M.I.T in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and also went on to become the Director of M.I.T during a time span of 1974 and 2001.

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New Delhi Updated on: November 05, 2018 12:29 IST
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Interesting facts about Michael Dertouzos' 82nd Birthday: The man who foresaw the Internet’s impact

The Internet is today's time is something we can't really live without. It seems impossible to go offline in a time when your whole life revolves around the internet but considering the time a few years back, internet honestly really didn't have any importance in a person's everyday life. Nevertheless, there was one man who had an idea and a vision of how the online world would impact on the future of mankind.

Michael Dertouzos was a Greek professor, who worked at M.I.T in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and also went on to become the Director of M.I.T during a time span of 1974 and 2001.

Google is celebrating Michael Dertouzos 82nd birth anniversary via Google Doodle. Following are some interesting facts about the man everyone should know-

  • Born in Athens, Greece on November 5 in 1936, Michael Dertouzos was bought up by his father who was a concert pianist as well as an admiral in the Greek navy.
  • In terms of academics, Michael Dertouzos went on to graduated from Athens College and went to the University of Arkansas on a Fulbright Scholarship. He later got his Ph.D. from MIT, before he went on to join the faculty in 1968.
  • Michael Dertouzos co-founded Computek, Inc., in 1968, which is a manufacturer of graphics as well as intelligent terminals that was made with his partners Marvin C. Lewis and Dr. Huber Graham.
  • He also worked to make MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Science the North American home of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This was done with an alliance of companies that helped in promoting the Web's evolution as well as interconnectivity. Dertouzos also went on to recruit Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, who is known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.
  • Looking at the animation of Dertouzos’ 82nd birth anniversary on Google Doodle, the image shows the professor holding a chalk in his hand, facing away from the blackboard. The image also comprises of other small pictures that include computers and the internet.

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