Steven Sasson : biography
Steven J. Sasson (born July 4, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York), is an American electrical engineer and the inventor of the digital camera. Sasson is a 1972 (BS) and 1973 (MS) graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in electrical engineering.
- Patent – Electronic Still camera
His invention began in 1975 with a broad assignment from his supervisor at Eastman Kodak Company, Gareth A. Lloyd: to attempt to build an electronic camera using a charge coupled device (CCD).Dobbin, Ben. (2005-09-08) . seattlepi.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-15. The resulting camera invention was awarded . Sasson now works to protect the intellectual capital of his employer, Eastman Kodak Company. Leica Camera AG honored Sasson by giving him the 4th million Leica camera, a limited edition 18-megapixel Leica M9 Titanium at Photokina 2009.
On November 17, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama awarded Sasson the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. This is the highest honor awarded by the US government to scientists, engineers, and inventors. On 6 September 2012 The Royal Photographic Society awarded Sasson its Progress medal and Honorary Fellowship in recognition of any invention, research, publication or other contribution which has resulted in an important advance in the scientific or technological development of photography or imaging in the widest sense.http://www.rps.org/annual-awards/Progress-Medal Accessed 8 September 2012
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