JOCK MACKINLAY received his PhD in computer science from Stanford University, where he pioneered the automatic design of graphical presentations of relational information. He joined Xerox PARC in 1986, where he collaborated with the User Interface Research Group to develop many novel applications of computer graphics for information access, coining the term "Information Visualization". Much of the fruits of this research can be seen in his recently published book, Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think (Morgan Kauffman, 1999, co-authored with Stuart Card and Ben Shneiderman).

He has developed numerous patents in user interfaces and is a member of the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.