RIP Jerry Lawson - Creator of Channel F
Jerry Lawson, the creator of the first cartridge-based video game console, the Fairchild Channel F, passed away Saturday of unknown causes, according to a post on the Vintage Computing & Gaming blog. He was 70.
Born in Queens, New York, Lawson became one of the few African American engineers in the Silicon Valley area at that time, moving there in 1968 to work at PRD Electronics. Lawson was the only African American member of Silicon Valley’s Homebrew Computer Club, which also included Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.