Family of video game pioneer starts scholarship fund

May 17, 2019 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The family of a video game pioneer from Manchester, New Hampshire, has started a scholarship fund.

The Ralph H. and Dena W. Baer Scholarship Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will help students from Manchester Central High School who want to study in technology-related fields.

Ralph Baer created both the precursor to “Pong” and the electronic memory game Simon, and led the team that developed the first home video game console.

His work as chief engineer for Sanders Associates, now BAE Systems, led to The Brown Box, a console that connected to a television that was licensed by Magnavox in the early 1970s.


Baer’s basement lab has been recreated at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.

Earlier this month, a sculpture was unveiled in Arms Park of Baer.