Thursday, April 12, 2012

Died Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore and Atari Corporation

He was 83 years old and was a survivor of the Holocaust. It started by repairing typewriters, then calculators and was a pioneer of the Silicon Valley.

Jack Tramiel, central figure of in the birth of the " personal computers " as far back as ' 80, died on Sunday to 83 years, with a bequeathed fort techie that the Commodore 64 and Friend includes, and Atari Corporation.

Tramiel was born in Lodz, Poland, on December 13, 1928 in the bosom of a Jewish family that in 1939 Nazi was sent to a concentration camp. So much he as his father they were chosen by the famous trĂ­stemente doctor Joseph Mengele for medical experiments.

His father died as a result of such practices, but Tramel was rescued by 84 º Division of Infantry in 1945, after the end of the Second World war; and two years later it emigrated towards The United States. In 1948, it was listed in the army of The United States to repair machinery, between them, typewriters.

Then it began to work as taxi driver and, in 1955, established itself in Toronto, Canada, where there created his company Commodore Business Machines, dedicated to the sale of typewriters imported from Italy and Czechoslovakia - though then it would begin to fabricarlas-, since the law of The United States was preventing him from depositing equipments from Europe.

At the end of 1960 it emigrated to the Silicon Valley, where it began to make calculators and even he bought the manufacturer MOS who him was providing components. With the advances obtained by this company, it produced in 1977 the Commodore Personal Electronic Transactor (PET) and the Commodore 64 of 1982, which is the whole emblem in the history of the personal computation.

One year later, Tramiel was dismissed of his own company by differences by a shareholder and acquired Atari Corporartion, which was devastated by the industry of the video game of 1983. Then it sold this signature to the manufacturer of floppy disk drives Jugi Tandon Storage (JTS) and managed to be a part of the cabinet. 

On Sunday, Jack Tramiel died of still unknown reasons, surrounded with his wife Helen and with his children Sam, Leonard and Garry. As recollection, besides all the equipments, there will stay a phrase that will mark his role of democratizador with the computers and that he liked to repeat: " we sell Him to the masses, not to the (high) classes ".

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