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Sep 9, 2012 3:02 PM by Lacey Steele

Portable computer designer dies at age 69

NEW YORK (AP) - Bill Moggridge, a British industrial designer who designed an early portable computer with the flip-open shape that is common today, has died.

He was 69.

Moggridge is credited with the design of the Grid Compass, a computer that had a keyboard and yellow-on-black display.

It was used by the U.S. military and made its way into outer space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985.

The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum said Moggridge, its director since 2010, died on Saturday after a battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karin, and two sons Alex and Erik.

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