Bill Buxton

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William Arthur Stewart Buxton
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Bill Buxton with a Microwriter chord input device.
Born (1949-03-10) March 10, 1949 (age 66)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Residence Canada
Citizenship Canada
Nationality Canadian
Fields Computer Science and Design
Institutions Utrecht University
University of Toronto
Ontario College of Art & Design
Alias Wavefront
Xerox PARC
Microsoft Research
Alma mater St. Lawrence College
Queen's University
Utrecht University
University of Toronto
Doctoral students Brad Myers
I. Scott MacKenzie
Gordon Kurtenbach
Shumin Zhai
Beverly Harrison
George W. Fitzmaurice
Ravin Balakrishnan
Known for User interface pioneer
Marking menu
Sketching in design
Notable awards SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award (Association for Computing Machinery)

William Arthur Stewart "Bill" Buxton (born March 10, 1949) is a Canadian computer scientist and designer. He is currently a principal researcher at Microsoft Research. He is known for being one of the pioneers in the human–computer interaction field.

Background and contributions[edit]

Bill Buxton received his bachelor's degree in music from Queen's University in 1973 and his master's degree in computer science from the University of Toronto in 1978.[1]

Bill Buxton's scientific contributions include applying Fitts' law to human-computer interaction and the invention and analysis of the marking menu (together with Gordon Kurtenbach). He pioneered multi-touch interfaces and music composition tools in the late 1970s, while working in the Dynamics Graphics Project at the University of Toronto. Recently, he is also known for his book Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design (Morgan Kaufmann, 2007).

Bill Buxton is a regular columnist at BusinessWeek. Before joining Microsoft Research he was chief scientist at Alias Wavefront and SGI, and a professor at the University of Toronto.[2]

He received the SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 for his many fundamental contributions to the human–computer interaction field.[3]

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