Ralph Baer, a German-born Jew who fled the Nazis, is credited as the inventor of video games. After resettling in the U.S., Baer served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and later in life, turned his innovative spirit to revolutionize home entertainment. While working for Sanders Associates in New Hampshire in the 1960s, he developed the first video game console called “The Brown Box.” Today, Baer is celebrated as the “Father of Video Games.”
- Ralph Baer, born in Germany and forced to flee from the Nazis, relocated to the U.S., where he joined the U.S. Army during World War II and served in the “Ritchie Boys” intelligence unit.
- In 1967, while at Sanders Associates, Baer conceptualized and built the world’s first video game console, known as “The Brown Box.”
- His pioneering technology was later licensed to Magnavox, leading to the creation of the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video-game system in 1972.
- Baer’s contributions to the gaming industry earned him the title “Father of Video Games” and he held over 150 patents throughout his life.
- Recognized for his groundbreaking work, Baer was honored with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President George W. Bush in 2006.