07 Founder of Commodore, Jack Tramiel dies aged 83

One of the major pioneers in the PC industry, Jack Tramiel who was perhaps best known for being the founder of Commodore has died at 83 years of age on Sunday. Jack's history prior to and beyond Commodore's inception is quite an inspiring one. He was born in Poland in 1928 to a Jewish family and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp after which he then immigrated to the U.S. in 1947.

One of the major pioneers in the PC industry, Jack Tramiel who was perhaps best known for being the founder of Commodore has died at 83 years of age on Sunday. Jack's history prior to and beyond Commodore's inception is quite an inspiring one. He was born in Poland in 1928 to a Jewish family and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp after which he then immigrated to the U.S. in 1947.

07(1) Founder of Commodore, Jack Tramiel dies aged 83

Following those events Tramiel made claim that after surviving the Holocaust he could survive just about anything and this certainly held true after being ousted as chief executive officer (CEO) of his own established computer enterprise, Commodore Business Machines which was formed in 1953.

Jack Tramiel's most successful endeavour following the birth of Commodore was in 1982 when the legendary Commodore 64 was released to the masses and went on to popularize the idea of home computing. Jack knew there was a lot of potential for it to be highly successful when interest in an affordable home computer was gained via previously outed models including the VIC-20 and Commodore 16.

With clever marketing (such a shame this eventually fell through the floor) and improved capabilities, Commodore never looked so good and while a disagreement between Tramiel and a stockholder eventuated in his dismissal from the company, Commodore continued to dominate the home computing world with the amazing Amiga range that were by far ahead of their time.

Meanwhile, Jack Tramiel went on to purchase Atari in 1984, although as it turned out its highest points of success were from devices already behind it and Tramiel eventually went on to sell the troubled company off to JTS (a disk drive manufacturer) in 1996 and then he retired that year with his wife in Monte Sereno, California.

Jack Tramiel is survived by his wife and three sons, as well as the indented mark he has left on the computing industry.