The Wooden Mouse

Doug Engelbart described his invention as an “X-Y indicator for a display system.” And he instructed engineer Bill English to build him a working model.

Mr. English encased two wheels and a button in a wood block housing. The first mouse made of wood was born.

The mouse cursor moved horizontally and vertically across the computer screen in sync with similar movements of Doug’s hand guiding the block.

If it wasn’t for Doug Engelbart’s wildly imaginative brain, we might still be keying a cursor along.

You can purchase a commemorative mouse pad at the Computer Pioneers show on