Lee Felsentein is one of the pioneers of personal computing. He was the designer of the first personal computer the Osborne 1, released in 1981. But prior to this, he had designed the VDM-1 video display, the principal part of the SOL Intelligent Terminal. He also designed the SOL-20 computer in 1976 and the Pennywhistle kit modem - the first inexpensive personal computer modem. In 1975 he helped organize the Homebrew Computer Club where the Apple I computer was introduced.
He was elected to the Computer Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1994 Lee received a Pioneer of the Electronic Frontier award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation in recognition of his work in bringing computers to the general public.
At present Lee is a co-founder and CTO of the Fonly Institute, an R&D company in Palo Alto. He was awarded a Laureate of the Tech Museum of Innovation for his work in developing internet technologies for non-industrial countries. He holds 12 patents.
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