Lee Felsenstein

IRL Name: 
Lee Felsenstein

Lee Felsenstein was born on 1945 in Philadelphia. He is a computer engineer who played a central role in the development of the personal computer. He was one of the original members of the Homebrew Computer Club and the designer of the Osborne 1, the first mass-produced portable computer. He is a Laureate of the Tech Museum of Innovation for his work on sustainable information and communication systems for the developing world, and has been awarded the Pioneer of the Electronic Frontier award of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1972 from the University of California at Berkeley.


Mr. Felsenstein has operated his own electronics design company and spent 8 years working for Interval Research Corporation.

Designed the Intel 8080 based “SOL” computer from Processor Technology, the PennyWhistle modem, and other early “S-100 bus” era designs.

Founded the Free Speech Movement Archives as an online repository of historical information relating to that event, its antecedents and successors.