Alan Kay Mentors Early Apple

Steve Jobs and Alan Kay after the Macworld 2007 keynote, 9 Jan 2007
Steve Jobs and Alan Kay after the Macworld 2007 keynote, 9 Jan 2007

Name
Alan Kay
Life
born 1940 (age 80 or 81)
Relationship to Steve
Mentor & Colleague
Short Bio

Alan Kay was a researcher at Xerox PARC when Steve met him in the late 1970s. He is considered one of the fathers of the graphical user interface and object-oriented programming (i.e. he is exceptionally brilliant). He was both a friend and a mentor to Steve, and certainly made a big impression on his views on technology, as Apple popularized GUIs and NeXT, object-oriented software. Kay also introduced Jobs to George Lucas, who wanted to spin off of a small team of computer animation scientists from Industrial Light & Magic —they eventually became Pixar.

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