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Thomas E. Osborne - B.S.E.E. 1957Thomas E. Osborne

Following graduation from the University of Wyoming, Thomas E. Osborne, a native of Meeteetse, WY, fulfilled a ROTC obligation as a meteorologist with the Strategic Air Command. Mr. Osborne earned an M.S.E.E. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1962. In 1964, working from his home, he designed and constructed the world's first scientific desktop computer, the "Green Machine." Patent rights were transferred to Hewlett Packard with whom he cooperated to develop a broad range of programmable calculators. He was intimately involved in developing the HP 35, the hand-held scientific calculator that obsoleted the slide rule. Mr. Osborne holds more than 60 patents and developed the algorithmic state machine (ASM) technique for designing digital state machines.

The following link provides a video interview of Hall of Fame Member, Tom Osbourne, discussing his contribution to the first calculators produced by HP. (view full interview here)

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