Why is the pointing device used for computers called mouse? And who invented it?

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The computer mouse was invented by an American scientist named Douglas Engelbart (see photo) in 1963 – and this was before the personal computer complete with keyboard and monitor was introduced in 1977. The pointing device got the name ‘mouse’ because Engelbart had joined its cord at the back, like a tail. Before he realized that it should preferably be connected with the front side the word ‘mouse’ had already found its way into wide use.

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