Alan C. Kay (1940- )
Bushily moustached, cheerfully independent thinker from Springfield, Massachusetts. Alan Kay earned a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1966 and a Ph.D. at the University of Utah in 1969. As a director at Xerox PARC in Silicon Valley, he became renowned for pioneering the concept of personal portable computing, as well as critical elements of the graphical user interface, object-oriented programming, and computer education. He was influenced by the work of Marshall McLuhan, Seymour Papert, and Doug Engelbart.