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
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 get rid of a small team of computer animation scientists - who eventually became the Pixar founders.

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