WASHINGTON Jef Raskin, creator of the Macintosh computer, died Saturday (Feb. 26) at his home in Pacifica, Calif. Raskin was 61, and had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Raskin was designated employee number 31 at Apple Computer Corp. in the early 1980s. He was credited with creating the Macintosh, which revolutionized computer interface design. Raskin invented the "click and drag" and other features.
A mathematician by training, the versatile Raskin was also orchestral soloist and composer, college professor, bicycle racer and a model airplance designer.
Raskin is the author of "The Humane Interface" (Addison-Wesley, 2000), and founded the Raskin Center for Human Interfaces. At the time of his death, Raskin was completing software code for a project called "Archy," a summation of his design principles for human-computer interfaces.
Raskin is survived by his wife, Linda Blum, and three children, Aza, Aviva and Aenea.
Details of a memorial service for Jef Raskin will be announced soon.