• 1948
    (b.) - ?


An American pioneering engineer and computer scientist, he was born and grew up in San Francisco, California. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences in 1971. He worked for the pioneering video company Ampex, where he met Ted Dabney and several other people that would end up being constants through the Atari, Inc, Apple, Cyan Engineering and Pizza Time Theater companies. He was the designer of the video arcade game Pong, creating it under the direction of Bushnell and Dabney. Pong was a hit in the 1970s. In addition to direct involvement with all the breakout Atari products, such as the Atari 2600, he was involved at some of the historic meetings of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs (at that time an Atari employee) presenting their Apple I prototype. After he left Atari in 1981, he consulted on many fledging companies in Silicon Valley, especially involved in the startups of Catalyst Technologies, one of the first technology company incubators, created by Nolan Bushnell and other ex-Atari leaders. He was also involved in several of the startups directly, including Cumma, a re-programmable video game cartridge/kiosk system (and precursor to the similar Neo Geo system), and an advisor to Etak, one of the first practical, in-car navigation systems. He later became an Apple Fellow, and led and consulted on a variety of startups during the tech boom. In 1998, he co-founded Zowie Intertainment, a spinoff from Interval Research. There he developed a child's playset with a location system that allowed a PC to respond to the child's play. In 2000, Zowie Entertainment was acquired by Lego. In 2011, he co-founded Hack the Future, a technology festival and hackathon for elementary school children.
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    Designer of the video arcade game Pong, one of the earliest arcade video games; one of the first games to reach popularity
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