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Nolan Bushnell
Nolan Bushnell in 2009
Born (1943-02-05) February 5, 1943 (age 78)
Clearfield, Utah
CitizenshipUnited States
FieldsElectrical Engineering
Chuck E. Cheese's
Alma materUniversity of Utah
Known forPong
Notable awardsVideo Game Hall of Fame
Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame

Nolan Bushnell (born on February 5, 1943) is an American electrical engineer and entrepreneur. He founded both Atari Inc. (alongside Ted Dabney) and Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza-Time Theaters.[1] Bushnell is in the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame. He got the BAFTA Fellowship and the Nations Restaurant News “Innovator of the Year” award. He was named one of Newsweek's "50 Men Who Changed America." Bushnell has started more than twenty companies. He is one of the founding fathers of the video game industry.

Bushnell graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in electrical engineering in 1968. Bushnell was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but is no longer an active member.[2]

Bushnell was featured in the documentary film Something Ventured which premiered in 2011.

Bushnell's most recent company is uWink.


  1. "Inventor of the Week: Archive". Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT School of Engineering. 2012 [last update]. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
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