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René Sommer

René Sommer

Swiss inventor and computer programmer
René Sommer
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Intro Swiss inventor and computer programmer
Is Computer scientist Software engineer Inventor Programmer
From Switzerland
Type Business Technology Science
Gender male
Death 5 October 2009, Blonay, Switzerland
René Sommer
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René Sommer (1951 - 5 October 2009) was a Swiss inventor and computer programmer, credited as a co-inventor of the computer mouse.

Along with Professor Jean-Daniel Nicoud and André Guignard, Sommer helped invent the computer mouse at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Sommer was credited for making the mouse "more intelligent" by adding a micro-processor to the mouse's design in 1985.

Sommer died on 5 October 2009 in Saint-Légier, Vaud, Switzerland, at the age of 58.

Logitech, which manufactured the original mouse, called Sommer a ‘brilliant and impassioned engineer’ in reaction to his death.

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