New York - Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International, which introduced home computers to the mass market with its Commodore 64 in the early 1980s, died at the age of 83, according to reports by
and other media outlets.
was born in Poland in December 1928 and, after the German invasion of the country during World War II, was eventually was sent to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. He was rescued from the camp in April 1945 by the U.S. Army.
In November 1947, Tramiel emigrated to the U.S. He soon joined the army, where he learned how to repair office equipment, including typewriters and eventually founded Commodore Portable Typewriter, which eventually became Commodore Business Machines and went public in 1955.
Commodore showed the Commodore PET at the
. This eventually led to the Commodore VIC 20 and Commodore 64, which competed at the time against the Apple II and computers by Atari, the pioneering game company that branched out into computers in the early 1980s.
Tramiel left Commodore in 1984, eventually buying the Atari's consumer division that was severely hurt by the crash of that era's video game industry. The company was named Atari Corporation.
He is survived by his wife Helen; their three sons,
, Sam and Leonard; and their families.