Tech Visionaries and LSD: Turn On, Tune In, Geek Out

9 tech visionaries who's mind-blowing adventures on acid forever influenced the computer industry.

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Dan Ingalls


Dan Ingalls left his home in Cambridge, Mass. to attend graduate school at Stanford in 1966. It was the year before the Summer of Love, and LSD was on the cusp of becoming outlawed. But that didn't stop Ingalls, and many others in his generation, from experimenting with acid and other mind-altering substances.

At Stanford, Ingalls' interest switched from electrical engineering to software development. He designed optimization programs and worked on speech recognition technology in the early days. His work in the field of software development helped pioneer object-oriented programming. Ingalls has worked for almost every major computer company in Silicon Valley, from Apple and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) to Sun Microsystems (JAVA) and Xerox (XRX) PARC.

Source: John Markoff, What the Doormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry (Penguin 2005).

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