Steve Sasson: The Evolution of Photography

Steve Sasson: The Evolution of Photography
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 6:00pm-7:30pm


Steve Sasson is a lifetime research engineer at Eastman Kodak Company who revolutionized photography when he created the first digital camera. His work on digital cameras began in 1974 with an assignment from his supervisor at Kodak, Gareth A. Lloyd, to investigate a newly available charge coupled device by the Fairchild corporation. The resulting prototype digital camera weighed eight pounds and was roughly the size of a toaster. In 1978, he was granted a patent for the first self-contained digital camera. Though it would take years for Kodak to embrace the groundbreaking technology, Sasson’s invention would revolutionize photography. Steve continued to work throughout the 1980s and 1990s in the emerging field of digital photography, receiving over 10 key digital imaging patents. He led the development of technology required for subsequent digital cameras and photographic quality thermal printing systems. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Barack Obama in 2010 and was inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2011.

 During his talk, Steve will reflect on the history of digital photography and his experience at Kodak. He will also offer advice for future inventors and innovators.

Open to all.

The Center

Seats available: 106

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