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The Bourns story began in 1947, when Marlan and Rosemary Bourns started selling electronic components from their garage in Altadena, California. Their first product was the miniature linear motion and vane position potentiometer, which helped airline pilots solve the perennial problem of ascertaining their pitch attitude.

The aerospace industry was the first and earliest customers for Bourns potentiometers, but the company has developed to such a degree that Bourns is now a leading manufacturer and distributor of a huge range of different components for industrial and audio applications. The Bourns College of Engineering, part of the University of California, is named in honour of Marlan and Rosemary Bourns.