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‘Extraordinary’ Microsoft engineer Charles Thacker, who inspired the PC revolution, dies at 74

FILE – Charles P. Thacker, a Xerox engineer who contributed to vital advances in personal computing and networking, at Microsoft’s research center in Mountain View, Calif., Oct. 16, 2006. Thacker was a driving force behind the graphical user interfaces that would be adopted by both Apple and Microsoft. He died in Palo Alto, Calif., on June 12, 2017. He was 74. (Noah Berger/The New York Times)

Obituary: Charles Thacker, who helped usher in the modern personal computer as the designer of the Xerox Alto computer and worked at Microsoft Research for 20 years, died at his Palo Alto, California, home recently.

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