I am an independent engineering consultant and internationally-known inventor generally credited with creating the videogame console industry in the 1960’s.
Having been an active engineer for the past seventy years, I have
accumulated over 150 U.S. and foreign patents, many of which are in the
Consumer Electronics area and have resulted in a variety of products,
including many successful electronic toys and games. Typical of these is the
SIMON game, an early single-chip microprocessor-controlled game which
has been popular for over 30 years.
I have been the recipient of many professional honors including the National
Medal of Technology which was presented to me by the President of the United
States in 2006, as was an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pierce Law Center
and many other professional awards. I was inducted into the National
Inventors Hall of Fame in 2010.
National Medal of Technology
President George W. Bush presents a National
Medal of Technology, Monday, Feb. 13, 2006 to Ralph H. Baer of Manchester,
N.H., during ceremonies in the East Room of the White House. Baer was
honored for his groundbreaking and pioneering creation, development and
commercialization of interactive video games.
White House photo by Eric Draper