Michael Jerome Hawley was born on Nov. 18, 1961, on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base close to Oceanside, Calif., to Mary Kay (Dixon) and George Hawley, and grew up in New Providence, N.J., about 17 miles west of Newark. While nonetheless in highschool, he interned at Bell Labs, the place his father was {an electrical} engineer. He additionally underwent years of formal coaching as a pianist and went on to check each music and pc science as an undergraduate at Yale, incomes levels in every.

After assembly Mr. Jobs within the foyer of Lucasfilm within the early Nineteen Eighties, Mr. Hawley shared a home with him and spent six years at NeXT, which aimed to construct a brand new type of private pc. For this machine Mr. Hawley constructed one of many first digital libraries. A pal of his had labored on a brand new version of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” at Oxford University Press, so Mr. Hawley and Mr. Jobs flew to England to barter a deal for the digital recordsdata, providing $2,000 upfront and 74 cents for every private pc bought.

When the NeXT machine was launched, Mr. Hawley added a dictionary, a thesaurus and a guide of quotations — all now commonplace on-line fare.

In 2005, he helped write Mr. Jobs’s Stanford University graduation speech (“Stay hungry, stay foolish” was one in all its much-quoted strains), which did a lot to outline the Apple founder as a global celeb in his final decade. Four years later, after assembly Mr. Page on a ship journey throughout San Francisco Bay, Mr. Hawley repeated the trick, writing the graduation speech that Mr. Page delivered on the University of Michigan.

After he joined the brand-new MIT Media Lab as a graduate pupil in 1985, Mr. Hawley lived in Mr. Minsky’s attic, and after ending his Ph.D. he stayed on at M.I.T. as a professor.

In 1998, he served because the scientific director on an expedition to Mount Everest. Four years later, he tied for first place within the prestigious Van Cliburn newbie piano competitors in Fort Worth, taking part in his personal association of a collection of items from “West Side Story.” (His collection of Broadway present tunes proved a controversial alternative.)