Although there were many portable computers being developed around that time, Grid Systems Corp. won the patent for the clamshell design with the foldable screen hinged toward the back of the machine, said Alex Bochannek, a curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
Moggridge pushed for this foldable design when it was realized the flat-panel screen, keyboard and circuitry could all fit snugly together.
"In terms of the industrial design of the enclosure, Moggridge was instrumental in proposing that," Bochannek said. "He came up with that particular form factor."
Image: In this June 18, 1985 photo made available by NASA, Astronaut John Creighton poses with the onboard Graphical Retrieval Information Display (GRID) computer, which displays a likeness of the character Mr Spock from Star Trek.