Ralph H. Baer

1922 - 2014

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Ralph Henry Baer (born Rudolf Heinrich Baer; March 8, 1922 – December 6, 2014) was a German-American inventor, game developer, and engineer. Baer's family fled Germany just before World War II and Baer served the American war effort, gaining an interest in electronics shortly thereafter. Through several jobs in the electronics industry, he was working as an engineer at Sanders Associates (now BAE Systems) in Nashua, NH, when he conceived the idea of playing games on a television screen around 1966. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ralph H. Baer has received more than 525,598 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Ralph H. Baer is the 2nd most popular game designer (up from 120th in 2019), the 1,160th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,078th in 2019) and the most popular German Game Designer.

Ralph H. Baer is most famous for inventing the first video game console, which he called the "Brown Box." He is also credited with creating the first home video game system, the Magnavox Odyssey.

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Among game designers, Ralph H. Baer ranks 2 out of 46Before him are Shigeru Miyamoto. After him are Hideo Kojima, Gabe Newell, Markus Persson, Gunpei Yokoi, Jeff Kinney, Alexey Pajitnov, Satoru Iwata, Sid Meier, Satoshi Tajiri, and Steve Jackson.

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Among people born in 1922, Ralph H. Baer ranks 71Before him are Ugo Tognazzi, Har Gobind Khorana, Michael Cacoyannis, Gianna Beretta Molla, Arthur Penn, and Adolfo Celi. After him are Karl-Otto Apel, Betty White, Oskar Werner, Ken Noritake, Annemarie Schimmel, and Mao Anying. Among people deceased in 2014, Ralph H. Baer ranks 62Before him are Ernesto Laclau, Veljko Kadijević, Stephanie Kwolek, Mike Nichols, Miklós Jancsó, and Oscar de la Renta. After him are Fred Phelps, Siegfried Lenz, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Stuart Hall, Věra Chytilová, and Hilderaldo Bellini.

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Among people born in Germany, Ralph H. Baer ranks 1,160 out of 5,289Before him are Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1724), Johann Christoph Adelung (1732), Prince Henry of Prussia (1862), Theodor Escherich (1857), Joachim Sauer (1949), and Constantin Carathéodory (1873). After him are Heinrich Schwabe (1789), Andreas Brehme (1960), Hermann Graf (1912), Ernst vom Rath (1909), Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden (1790), and Charles Louis, Hereditary Prince of Baden (1755).


Among game designers born in Germany, Ralph H. Baer ranks 1