Gerald Lawson dies at the age of 70 years

April 15th, 2011 - 1:14 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, April 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The man who is largely credited with building the first home video game system with changeable game cartridges has died. 70-year-old Gerald Lawson, according to his wife, died of complications from diabetes.

In the 1970s, Lawson who was largely self-thought led the then Fairchild Semiconductor to develop the first game console that used interchangeable cartridges. That was much earlier than the invention of the disc-based games. Players have to change the cartridges to enjoy various games.

The International Game Developers Association recognized the contribution of Lawson and honored him in March. Many people felt recognition of Lawson was long overdue considering his contribution to the way that games are developed in the world.

He was born in Brooklyn back on the 1st of December 1940. His father’s love for science influenced him and as a little boy, Lawson took special interest in chemistry and ham radio in particular. Though he received education at both the City College of New York and Queens College, he failed to get a degree from any of the schools.

His interest in games grew when he was employed at Fairchild in Silicon Valley as a designer.

Lawson is survived by his wife, Catherine, two children and a brother.

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