The Adam Osborne collection consists of material related to Osborne’s role as writer and publisher of software and technical
books and manuals, primarily between 1975 and 1991. There are copies of these texts in English as well as Japanese, Italian,
Spanish, German, and Norwegian. There are also two cartons of slides and photographs, mostly with content related to Osborne’s
personal and leisure activities. Also included are college papers on chemical engineering and books and software from Osborne’s
Adam Osborne was born on March 6, 1939 in Bangkok, Thailand to Lucia Osborne, a homemaker, and Arthur Osborne, a devotee of
Sri Ramana Maharshi whose spiritual writings helped to popularize Eastern religion in the West. Having spent much of his childhood
in South India, Osborne moved to England where he attended the Leamington College for Boys before entering Birmingham University
where he earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1961. After moving to the United States, he completed his doctorate at
the University of Delaware in 1968 before taking a job as a chemical engineer at Shell Oil in Northern California.
10.0 Linear feet,
8 record cartons
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Computer History Museum’s collection must be obtained jointly from both the copyright holder (if applicable) and the Computer
The collection is open for research.