SRI International

SRI-2The Stanford Research Institute was founded by Stanford University in 1946 as a center of innovation to support economic development in the region.  It was formally separated from 1970, and was renamed SRI International in 1977.

SRI’s research areas include biomedical sciences, chemistry and materials, computing, Earth and space systems, economic development, education and learning, energy and environmental technology, security and national defense, as well as sensing and devices.

The company is perhaps best known in the high-tech community as the places where Douglas Engelbart invented the mouse in 1964.  The first prototype consisted of a wooden shell, circuit board and two metal wheels that came into contact with the surface it was being used on.

The mouse was subsequently adopted by Xerox PARC for use in its graphic user interfaces.