The founder of Commodore International, Jack Tramiel has passed away on Sunday. His company created some of the first and most iconic home computers. Forbes has confirmed that Tramiel passed on Sunday surrounded by his friends and family at the age of 83.
Jack was born in Poland in 1928. He and his family survived imprisonment at Auschwitz during World War II. He left Europe for the US in 1947 where he joined the army and soon learned to work on typewriters. He later founded Commodore Portable Typewriters which then evolved to selling calculators and later, personal computers.
Commodore launched the Commodore 64 in 1982. This device went on to be the best selling personal computer of all time. Tramiel was forced out of his own company and went on to purchase a division of the failing Atari Inc. and formed Atari Corp.
Atari, under Tramiel's leadership went on to develop the various video game systems that made them famous. These systems include the Atari 2600, 7800, and Jaguar. Tramiel is survived by his wife Helen, their three sons, Gary, Sam and Leonard, and each of their extended families.