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Laptop Creator Named Director of Smithsonian Museum

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Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian's National Design Museum, has a new director and even if you don't recognize his name, you're probably familiar with a rather important piece of technology he helped create.

His name is Bill Moggridge, and he is credited with designing the first laptop, the Grid Compass, in 1980. Moggridge is also a co-founder of IDEO, the global design and innovation firm formed in 1991 through a merger of Moggridge's firm and two others.

"This is an enormous honor and opportunity for me," he said in a statement. "It is deeply satisfying that design is being embraced today as a way to tackle many of the complex challenges facing business and society."

Cooper-Hewitt was founded more than a century ago by three granddaughters of the industrialist Peter Cooper. It has been a branch of the Smithsonian since 1967 and is located on New York City's Upper East Side.

Last updated: Jan 6, 2010




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