Boyle and Short: The Niepce and Herschel of Digital Photography
The early 1970s were the crucible years for digital photography technology. Drs. Willard Boyle and George Short built the world's first video camera in 1975, applying the charge-coupled device, or CCD, they had invented in 1969. CCDs have since been applied to a range of innovative modern technologies, including bar-code scanners, copy machines, and doubtless many defense applications. They're also the basis for video and most digital camera sensors.
On this coming February 21st, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., during National Engineers Week, Boyle and Short will receive the $500,000 Draper Prize, Engineering's highest honor, for their invention of the CCD.
In the nice 35mm Tri-X portrait above, Boyle is on the left, Short, the right.
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON