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Bill Moggridge, designer of the first modern laptop computer

Bill Moggridge, who has died at age 69, was the British industrial designer credited with creating the flip-open form of the modern laptop that is common today.

. . .Moggridge developed the design when he realised the flat-panel screen, keyboard and circuitry could all fit snugly together.

His laptop became a design standard, and even made its way into outer space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985.

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Seems so obvious an idea now, but not so then. Bill served as the director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York and as a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art. He was given a lifetime achievement award in 2010 by the Duke of Edinburgh.

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