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Encyclopedia > Jon Mittelhauser

Jon E. Mittelhauser (born May 1970) is considered one of the the founding fathers of the World Wide Web [1].

In 1993 as a graduate student at the University of Illinois, he co-wrote NCSA Mosaic for Windows with fellow student Chris Wilson while working at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)[1]. Mittelhauser was part of the orginal team of 5 programmers of Mosaic which included: Marc Andreessen (Unix version), Eric Bina (Unix version), Aleks Totic (Mac version) and Chris Wilson (Windows version). The MS Windows version which Mittelhauser and Wilson wrote was the first browser with over a million downloads and is often pointed to as the first widely used web browser. Plaque commemorating the creation of Mosaic web browser by Bina and Andreessen, new NCSA building, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ... Eric Bina is the co-creator of Mosaic and the co-founder of Netscape. ...

Mittelhauser attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating from there with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1992 and a Master's degree in 1994.

In May of 1994, Mittelhauser left the University of Illinois and was one of the founders of Netscape Communications.

Fun Facts

  • While at NCSA, Mittelhauser created the first ever NCAA pool online as a (free) demonstration site for the new web form functionality which the team had added to the various versions of Mosaic.
  • Mittelhauser is believed to be the first person to ever have a URL in his email signature.
  • Mittelhauser was the first person to ever see an image embedded within a webpage. The NCSA team created the original specification for the IMG tag (much to many SGML purists horror) and the presence of Object Linking and Embedding in windows allowed that platform to support the new feature first. Prior to that time, images only existed on the web as files which were dispayed in external applications.
  • Mittelhauser has paid a deposit on a Tesla Roadster from Tesla Motors. It is a battery electric sportscar with a 250 mile range. He will be among the first owners.[2]

A form on a web page allows a user to enter data that is, typically, sent to a server for processing and to mimic the usage of paper forms. ... Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) is a distributed object system and protocol developed by Microsoft. ... The Tesla Roadster is the first fully electric automobile to be produced by electric car firm Tesla Motors. ... Tesla Motors, Inc. ... The Toyota RAV4 EV was powered by twenty-four 12 volt batteries, with an operational cost equivalent of over 165 miles per gallon at 2005 US gasoline prices. ...


  1. ^ http://news.com.com/2009-1032-995680.html
  2. ^ http://www.teslamotors.com/blog1/?p=51



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