Jef Raskin Passes Away

Jef Raskin, the interface expert credited for the original Macintosh, passed away this weekend from pancreatic cancer at age 61.

According to a statement from his family, Raskin died Saturday night at his home in Pacifica. Raskin joined Apple in 1978 as the 31st employee and spearheaded a small team on a project that would become the Macintosh.

Raskin was also responsible for naming the product "Macintosh" after his favorite fruit. Despite his role in the project, Raskin left Apple in 1982 after a falling-out with Steve Jobs. The Macintosh was launched in 1984.