The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Pioneers Project draws attention to the trail-blazers by describing their backgrounds and contributions. The photographs were taken by Dr. Ben Shneiderman during his professional career, accompanied by personal reflections on his friends and colleagues. More profiles will be added as time and resources permit. Click on the portraits to learn more about each pioneer and see more photos.
For more information about the project, please see the About page.

Baecker, Ron

Baecker, Ron

Icon Innovator

Beaudouin-Lafon, Michel

Beaudouin-Lafon, Michel

HCI trailblazer in France

Bederson, Ben

Bederson, Ben

Zooming Pioneer

Berners-Lee, Tim

Berners-Lee, Tim

Inventor of the World Wide Web

Bly, Sara

Bly, Sara

User studies expert and consultant

Brooks, Fred

Brooks, Fred

Operating systems & software engineering design guru

Buxton, Bill

Buxton, Bill

Touchscreen Innovator

Card, Stuart

Card, Stuart

Searching Modeler

Carroll, Jack

Carroll, Jack

A founding father of HCI

Churchill, Elizabeth

Churchill, Elizabeth

Ubicomp Pioneer

Coutaz, Joëlle

Coutaz, Joëlle

HCI software expert and trailblazer in France

Czerwinski, Mary

Czerwinski, Mary

Pioneer of Multitasking

De Souza, Clarisse

de Souza, Clarisse

Semiotic Theorist

Dray, Susan

Dray, Susan

International Innovator

Druin, Allison

Druin, Allison

Champion of Children’s Computing

Dumais, Susan

Dumais, Susan

eLanguage Innovator

Engelbart, Doug

Engelbart, Doug

Inventor of the mouse and video conferencing

Feiner, Steven

Feiner, Steven

Augmenting Reality

Fischer, Gerhard

Fischer, Gerhard

Discipline Bridger

Foley, James

Foley, James

Graphics HCI pioneer

Greenberg, Saul

Greenberg, Saul

Ubiquitous computing expert

Ishii, Hiroshi

Ishii, Hiroshi

Tangible Reality

Jacob, Robert

Jacob, Robert

User interface software expert

John, Bonnie

John, Bonnie

Cognitive modeling pioneer

Johnson, Jeff

Johnson, Jeff

Usability Wizard

Kay, Alan

Kay, Alan

Inventor of the Laptop

Kellogg, Wendy

Kellogg, Wendy

Computer-mediated communication expert

Kiesler, Sara

Kiesler, Sara

Pioneer of Collaborative Work

Konstan, Joseph

Konstan, Joseph

GroupLens project contributor

Kraut, Robert

Kraut, Robert

Online communities guru

Landay, James

Landay, James

HCI community builder

Lanier, Jaron

Lanier, Jaron

Re-enfranchising the Internet

Laurel, Brenda

Laurel, Brenda

Virtual Reality Pioneer

Lewis, Clayton

Lewis, Clayton

Usability advocate

Licklider, J. C. R.

Licklider, J. C. R.

Father of the Internet

Mackay, Wendy

Mackay, Wendy

Ubiquitous Computing Pioneer

Marcus, Aaron

Marcus, Aaron

Groundbreaker in computer-based graphic design

Mountford, Joy

Mountford, Joy

User experience and interaction design specialist

Myers, Brad

Myers, Brad

User interface software engineer

Mynatt, Elizabeth

Mynatt, Elizabeth

Everyday computing expert

Nelson, Ted

Nelson, Ted

Visionary of universal hypertext systems

Newell, Alan

Newell, Alan

Advocate for the “digitally disadvantaged”

Newell, Allen

Newell, Allen

Pioneer of artificial intelligence

Nielsen, Jakob

Nielsen, Jakob

Web page usability guru

Norman, Don

Norman, Don

Mentor and pioneer

Olsen, Dan

Olsen, Dan

User interface software pioneer

Olson, Gary

Olson, Gary

Collaboration expert

Olson, Judy

Olson, Judy

Collaboration over distance pioneer

Pausch, Randy

Pausch, Randy

Virtual Reality Pioneer

Plaisant, Catherine

Plaisant, Catherine

User interface expert

Preece, Jennifer

Preece, Jennifer

Online social interaction researcher

Robertson, George

Robertson, George

Pioneer of Information Visualization

Rogers, Yvonne

Rogers, Yvonne

Ubiquitous computing pioneer

Rosson, Mary Beth

Rosson, Mary Beth

Psychology and Software Engineering Authority

Shneiderman, Ben

Shneiderman, Ben

Pioneer of direct manipulation

Thomas, John C.

Thomas, John C.

Psychology and computer science authority

Tremaine, Marilyn "Mantei"

Tremaine, Marilyn “Mantei”

“Founding mother” of SIGCHI

van Dam, Andy

van Dam, Andy

Graphics Guru

Wales, Jimmy

Wales, Jimmy

Founder of Wikipedia

Winograd, Terry

Winograd, Terry

Computer innovator with a focus on people

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