May 5, 1894
Glencoe, Minnesota, United States
October 10, 1975
Psychologist, Professor, Designer
August Dvorak (May 5, 1894 – October 10, 1975 ) was an American educational psychologist and professor of education [1 ] at the [2 ] University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He and his brother-in-law, [3 ] William Dealey, are best known for creating the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard layout in the 1930s as a replacement for the QWERTY keyboard layout. In the 1940s, Dvorak designed keyboard layouts for people with the use of one hand. [4 ]
Dvorak and Dealey, along with
Nellie Merrick and Gertrude Ford, wrote the book , published in 1936. The book, currently not in print, is an in-depth report on the psychology and physiology of typing. Typewriting Behavior
Dvorak was the captain of a
Gato-class submarine in the United States Navy during World War II. He was distantly related to the Czech composer [5 ] Antonín Dvořák. While the composer's name is pronounced ), with the [ˈdvɔr̝ɑːk] ř roughly as a simultaneous trilled [r] and [ʒ], August Dvorak's family in the U.S. pronounces it , with an English r. [6 ] [5 ]
References [ edit ]
^ Cassingham, R. C. (1986). The Dvorak Keyboard. Freelance Communications. ISBN 0-935309-10-1. Page 5.
^ Cassingham, page 32.
^ Dvorak, August et al. (1936). . American Book Company. Title page. Typewriting Behavior
^ The first such machine built in accordance with Dvorak's one-handed layout was designed and constructed by Martin Tytell, also known a "Mr. Typewriter", of New York City. Kursh, Harry. Mechanix Illustrated, January 1951, pp. 74 et seq. See Meet Mr. Typewriter
^ a b Pournelle, Jerry (September 1985). "PC, Peripherals, Programs, and People". BYTE. p. 347 . Retrieved . 27 October 2013
^ Cassingham, page 15.
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