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Gerald Lawson dies at 70; engineer brought cartridge-based video game consoles to life
Gerald Lawson dies at 70; engineer brought cartridge-based video game consoles to life

Gerald A. "Jerry" Lawson, an electronics engineer and video game pioneer who led the team that developed the first cartridge-based home video game console system to hit the market in the mid-1970s, has died. He was 70. Lawson, who lived in Santa Clara, died April 9 of complications of diabetes in El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, said his daughter, Karen Lawson. One of a small number of African American engineers working in Silicon Valley, Lawson joined Fairchild Semiconductor in Mountain View in 1970 as an applications engineer working with the sales department. Working in his garage on his own time in the early '70s, he created a coin-operated arcade game called...

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