Jerry Lawson

Gerald Anderson "Jerry" Lawson (December 1, 1940 – April 9, 2011) was an American electronic engineer known for his work in designing the Fairchild Channel F video game console. During development of the Channel F in the early-mid 1970s, Lawson was Chief Hardware Engineer and director of engineering and marketing for Fairchild Semiconductor's video game division. He also founded and ran Videosoft, a video game development company which made software for the Atari 2600 in the early 1980s, as the 2600 had displaced the Channel F as the top system in the market. Lawson was the sole black member of the Homebrew Computer Club, a group of early computer hobbyists which would produce a number of industry legends, including Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Lawson also produced one of the earliest arcade games, Demolition Derby, which debuted in a southern California pizzeria shortly after Pong. Lawson later worked with the Stanford mentor program and was preparing to write a book on his career. In March 2011, Lawson was honored as an industry pioneer by the International Game Developers Association. One month later, he died of complications from diabetes.

Personal details

Date of birth
December 1st, 1940
Date of death
April 11th, 2011 at age of 70
Place of death
Mountain View


1. Queens College, City University of New York Colleges/University

Queens College, located in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, New York City, is one of the senior colleges of the City University of New York. It is also the fifth oldest of the City University's twenty-three institutions of higher learning. The college's seventy seven acre campus is located in the heart of the borough, and runs along Kissena Boulevard. Queens College opened in 1937 with the goal of offering a first-rate education to all people regardless of background or financial means. It is one of CUNY's largest senior colleges, and is often referred to as “the jewel of the CUNY system”. The college enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs.

Type Public school
2010. 27.9 mil. $
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65-30 Kissena Blvd., 11367 - New York City, New York
2010. 14,384
2010. 16,195
2009. 15,894
2010. 4,110
2010. 4,711
Acceptance rate
2010. 30.0 %
Local tuition
2011. 5.61 K $
2011. 5.61 K $
2010. 5.08 K $
2009. 5.05 K $
2008. 4.45 K $
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