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AltaVista Web search creator dies a young death

Paul Flaherty (42), the brain behind AltaVista, has died from a heart attack.

Paul Flaherty was working as a research engineer at Digital Equipment where he conceived of the idea of indexing the World Wide Web.

Although AltaVista was not the first Internet search engine, at the end of 1995 it became the first Web-page discovery tool to enjoy wide popularity, and helped create the dot-com era.

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Source: New York Times: