Bill Buxton

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Bill Buxton
Bill Buxton.jpg
Bill Buxton with a Microwriter chord input device
Born William Arthur Stewart Buxton
(1949-03-10) March 10, 1949 (age 68)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Residence Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater St. Lawrence College
Queen's University
Utrecht University
University of Toronto
Known for User interface pioneer
Marking menu
Sketching in design
Awards SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award (Association for Computing Machinery)
Scientific career
Fields Computer Science and design
Institutions Utrecht University
University of Toronto
Ontario College of Art & Design
Alias Wavefront
Xerox PARC
Microsoft Research
Doctoral students Brad Myers

William Arthur Stewart "Bill" Buxton (born March 10, 1949) is a Canadian computer scientist and designer. He is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research. He is known for being one of the pioneers in the human–computer interaction field.

Background and contributions[edit]

Buxton received his bachelor's degree in music from Queen's University in 1973 and his master's degree in computer science from the University of Toronto in 1978.[1]

Buxton's scientific contributions include applying Fitts' law to human-computer interaction and the invention and analysis of the marking menu (together with Gordon Kurtenbach). He pioneered multi-touch interfaces and music composition tools in the late 1970s, while working in the Dynamic Graphics Project at the University of Toronto. In 2007, he published Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design.[citation needed]

Buxton is a regular columnist at BusinessWeek. Before joining Microsoft Research he was chief scientist at Alias Wavefront and SGI, and a professor at the University of Toronto.[2]

He received the SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 for his many fundamental contributions to the human–computer interaction field.[3]

Notable honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Bill Buxton's CV,; accessed December 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Biography Archived May 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed December 15, 2015.
  3. ^ SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award,; accessed December 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Honorary Degree Recipients - Office of Convocation - University of Toronto". Retrieved 2015-12-16. 

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