Ralph Baer

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Ralph BaerName: Ralph H. Baer

Born: March 8, 1922 in Rodalben, Palatinate, Germany

Death: December 6, 2014 (Age: 92)

Computer related contributions

  • German-born American video game pioneer, inventor and Engineer.
  • Known as "The Father of Videogames".
  • Best known for leading the development of the Brown box and Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game console and his pioneering patented work in establishing video games.


  • Videogames: In the Beginning (2005)

Honors and awards

  • Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2010)
  • Developers Choice "Pioneer" award (2008)
  • Developers Choice Awards (2008)
  • IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award (2006)
  • National Medal of Technology (2006)
  • G4's video game award show G-Phoria Legend Award (2005)
  • Life Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers