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Jef Raskin
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Birth: Mar. 9, 1943
Death: Feb. 26, 2005
San Mateo County
California, USA

Jef Raskin was the Apple Computers human computer interface expert who had a large role in creating the Macintosh. He was employed at Apple from 1978 until 1982. His employee number was 31. He attended the State University of New York where he earned bachelor's degrees in mathematics. He went on to Pennsylvania State University where he earned a master's degree in computer science. In the 1970s Jef was an assistant professor at the University of California - San Diego, and he was a visiting scholar at the Stanford in their Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. While at Standford he visited the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and worked with the team developing the Xerox GUI. He then went to work for Apple and worked on the Macintosh project. After leaving Apple, Jef developed the Canon Cat - a small text-based computer with GUI capabilities. However the computer did not perform well in the market - which some have blamed on Canon's marketing department. Jef then continued to work on information appliances. He helped with projects for companies such as IBM, Xeorx, and Mortorola. Jef also wrote for magazines such as Wired and MacHome. He was reportedly not very happy with Mac OS X - he called the system complicated and inhumane. (bio by: Jesse) 
Created by: Jesse
Record added: Feb 27, 2005
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Jef Raskin
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- Lance
 Added: Oct. 9, 2012
Many thanks for your wonderful contributions to society, Jef. So many of them seem to go unrecognized. Thank you for pioneering computer interfaces and for your influence on what would end up being the Macintosh project at Apple Computer. I also want to t...(Read more)
- D E Cawthon
 Added: Mar. 15, 2010

- Sal Mineo Fan
 Added: Feb. 26, 2008
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