John Henry Michael Thompson (born June 15, 1959), known among his peers as "J.T.", is a Jamaican-American software engineer that was the chief scientist of MacroMind and its successor, Macromedia.
Early life and education
Thompson was born to Jamaican laborers who frequently moved between cities for work. He credits his mother who "encouraged me to excel in school and taught me that education is a stepping-stone to financial and creative independence."
Thompson earned a degree in Computer Science and Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983.  His younger brother Jervis W. Thompson also pursued computer science and excelled as a student.
MacroMind and Macromedia
Thompson and Erik Neumann are credited with creating the Lingo programming language that was used by Macromedia Director. Thompson's other projects included MacroMind VideoWorks II, VideoWorks Accelerator, MediaMaker, and Action!.
- An Unofficial Brief History of Director by Luke Wigley, Lingo Workshop. 2017-01-27.
- John Henry Thompson – invented lingo programming used in Macromedia Director and Shockwave – African American History Month 2015, Adafruit. 2015-02-26.
- Gift of Love by Liz Karagianis, MIT Spectrum. Fall 2001.
- DaLingoKid by Jervis W. Thompson, Jervo. Accessed 2020-12-17.
- An homage to John Henry Thompson, creator of the Lingo programming language and the interactive CD-ROM boom of the nineties by Joey deVilla, Global Nerdy. 2020-06-02.
- John Henry Thompson official website
- JHT home personal website
- John Henry Thompson at YouTube
- John Henry Thompson by Earl Banton at Pioneers of Computing
- John Henry Thompson at Famous Black Inventors
- John Henry Thompson at Black in History (2013-04-18)
- John Thompson at the IEEE Global History Network (archived 2012-04-26)
- John Thompson at the Engineering and Technology History Wiki
- John Henry Thompson at the Macromedia Wiki
- John Thompson (inventor) at Wikipedia
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