Laptop inventor Moggridge dies at 69

Last Updated: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 07:08 hrs

Bill Moggridge, the British industrial designer credited with creating the first laptop computer, has died aged 69 after losing a battle with cancer.

Moggridge is best known as the creator of the GRiD Compass, the device with a keyboard and yellow-on-black display.

Priced at more than 8,000 dollars it was encased in magnesium and considered to be rugged with a 340kb memory, the Telegraph reports.

The device released in 1982, was used by the U.S. military and even made its way into outer space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985.

Muggridge was also the director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York since 2010.

The museum said that Moggridge had died on Saturday.

More from Sify: