Ralph Baer 100 Celebration

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On Saturday May 21st at Arms Park in Manchester the community gathered to celebrate the centennial of inventor Ralph Baer’s birth.  A new plaque was dedicated for the park.  The presentation was followed by activities at the SEE Science Center.

The Arms Park event featured speakers highlighting Ralph’s impact on the world of video games and local innovation.

Family drop-in activities, speakers, and an artist meet and greet were held at SEE during an afternoon of free admission.

Ralph Baer (1922- 2014) was an engineer and inventor with more than 150 patents.  His “brown box” controller became the original prototype for the first video game.  He was born to a Jewish family in Germany who fled to the U.S. in  1938. He later served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  He began his engineering career in New York and moved to Manchester, NH in 1955 where he lived and worked for the remainder of his life.  He received many awards and honors throughout his career including the United States National Medal of Technology.  His workshop is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.