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Robert J. Chassell
Born(1946-08-22)22 August 1946
Died30 June 2017(2017-06-30) (aged 70)[1]

Robert "Bob" Chassell was one of the founding directors of the Free Software Foundation (FSF).



Bob was born on 22 August 1946, in Bennington, VT. He read economics at Peterhouse, Cambridge University.[2]

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.[3] 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.


  1. ^ "Goodbye to Bob Chassell". Free Software Foundation. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  2. ^ Obituary
  3. ^ "GNU's Bulletin". Free Software Foundation. 1986. Retrieved 22 August 2010.