Charles Irby

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Charles H. Irby was the chief software architect on SRI International's oN-Line System (NLS) that was used in The Mother of All Demos, which established many of the user interface standards that exist today,[1] and was also a lead designer on the Xerox Star and the Nintendo 64.[2]


Irby earned a Master's in computer science from University of California, San Diego, and completed coursework towards a doctorate.[2]


Irby worked at SRI International's Augmentation Research Center, where he was the chief architect for the oN-Line System (NLS).[1][3]

He then worked at Xerox PARC as the director of the Advanced Development Group in their Office System Division, Irby led the interface design of the Xerox Star.[2]

Irby then co-founded Metaphor Computer Systems, and was later head of development at General Magic, creating their Magic Cap and Telescript products. Most recently, Irby worked for Silicon Graphics (SGI), where he was responsible for consumer products and technology, and led the development of the Nintendo 64.[2][4]

He was a presenter at Douglas Engelbart's December 8, 1998 "Unfinished Revolution" event at Stanford University.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "Charles Irby". Stanford MouseSite. Stanford University. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Charles Irby". Engelbart's Unfinished Revolution. Stanford University. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  3. ^ "Charles H. Irby Papers". Stanford University Libraries. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  4. ^ "Dr. Dobb's Web Site". Engelbart's Unfinished Revolution. Stanford University. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 

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