Bill Buxton with a Microwriter chord input device
|Born||William Arthur Stewart Buxton
March 10, 1949
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Fields||Computer Science and design|
University of Toronto
Ontario College of Art & Design
|Alma mater||St. Lawrence College
University of Toronto
|Doctoral students||Brad Myers
I. Scott MacKenzie
George W. Fitzmaurice
|Known for||User interface pioneer
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 a principal researcher at Microsoft Research. He is known for being one of the pioneers in the human–computer interaction field.
Background and contributions
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. In 2007, he published Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design.
Notable honors and awards
- Elected to the CHI Academy (2002)
- SIGCHI Lasting Impact Award (2004)
- SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
- Doctor of Design Honoris Causa from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario (June, 2007)
- Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (2008)
- Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (June, 2009)
- Doctor of Industrial Design Honoris Causa from the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands (April, 2010)
- Doctor of Science Honoris Causa from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (June, 2013)
- Bill Buxton's CV, billbuxton.com; accessed December 15, 2015.
- Biography, BusinessWeek.com; accessed December 15, 2015.
- SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, sigchi.org; accessed December 15, 2015.
- "Honorary Degree Recipients - Office of Convocation - University of Toronto". Convocation.utoronto.ca. Retrieved 2015-12-16.