Jerry Lawson, the engineer that lead the Fairchild Channel F development team, has died, reports Vintage Computing and Gaming. The Fairchild Channel F became the first cartridge-based video game console when it was released in 1976 and Lawson was instrumental in its design.
VG&C conducted an extensive interview with Lawson on his career and the creation of the Channel F from 2009, worth a read to learn more about the man and his contribution to the video game medium. Lawson was recently honored by the Independent Game Developers Association for his pioneering work.
Lawson passed away this weekend at the age of 70.
Jerry Lawson (1940-2011) [VC&G][Photo credit: Peter Lawson]