Robert J. Chassell
August 22, 1946
Bennington, Vermont , U.S.
June 30, 2017
Robert "Bob" Chassell was one of the founding directors of the Free Software Foundation (FSF).
Life [ edit ]
Bob was born on 22 August 1946, in Bennington, VT . He read economics at Peterhouse , Cambridge University . 
In 1985, he became one of the founding directors of the FSF. While on the Board of Directors, he was also the treasurer for the FSF.  At this time, he started the Texinfo documentation system for GNU together with Richard Stallman .
He left the FSF to become a full-time speaker on free software topics. He was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in 2010, and died as a result on 30 June 2017.
Chassell has authored several books including:
- Chassell, Robert J. (2003). Software Freedom: An Introduction . Boston: GNUpress. ISBN 1-882114-95-7 .
- Chassell, Robert J. (2004). An introduction to Programming in Emacs Lisp . Boston: GNUpress. ISBN 1-882114-56-6 .
References [ edit ]
- ^ "Goodbye to Bob Chassell" . Free Software Foundation . 5 July 2017 . Retrieved 11 July 2017 .
- ^ Obituary
- ^ "GNU's Bulletin" . Free Software Foundation. 1986 . Retrieved 22 August 2010 .
External links [ edit ]
- A 30 minute audio interview with Robert
- An online copy of "Software Freedom: An Introduction"
- An online copy of "An Introduction to Programming in Emacs Lisp"
- Tribute to Robert J. Chassell on Bradley M. Kuhn's Personal Blog
- Tribute to Robert J. Chassell on the Software Freedom Conservancy Website
- Robert J. Chassell's writings are at Richard M. Stallman's personal website