Early laptop designer Moggridge dies at 69

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Posted on September 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 9 at 11:01 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Moggridge, a British industrial designer who designed an early portable computer with the flip-open shape that is common today, has died. He was 69.

Moggridge is credited with the design of the Grid Compass, a computer that had a keyboard and yellow-on-black display. It was used by the U.S. military and made its way into outer space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985.

The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum said Moggridge, its director since 2010, died on Saturday after a battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karin, and two sons Alex and Erik.

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