Digital Camera Inventor Steve Sasson Receives Innovation Award

October 5, 2009 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global | 7 Comments | |
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Steven Sasson, a retired research scientist for Eastman Kodak Company who is credited with inventing the first digital camera, will receive an “Innovation Award” from The Economist magazine in ceremonies in London on October 29. The invention of the digital camera began with a 30-second conversation when Sasson’s supervisor asked whether it was possible to build a camera with a new type of electronic sensor called a charge-coupled device (CCD). Sasson’s original prototype weighed eight pounds, recorded black and white images to a cassette tape, had a resolution of 0.01 megapixel and took 23 seconds to capture its first image. In 1978, Mr Sasson was issued a US patent for the digital camera and Eastman Kodak was the first company to develop a megapixel digital camera in 1986. For his achievements, the Economist is honouring Sasson in the category of Consumer Products and Services.

Kodak Press Release

Kodak Researcher and Digital Camera Inventor Steve Sasson Receives Innovation Award from The Economist

Kodak and Sasson recognized for “refocusing the face of consumer photography”

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 5—Steven Sasson, a retired research scientist for Eastman Kodak Company, will receive an “Innovation Award” from The Economist magazine in ceremonies in London on October 29.

Sasson, the inventor of the first digital camera in 1975, retired earlier this year after more than 35 years helping to drive innovation in digital imaging technology for Kodak.

“Steven has refocused the face of consumer photography by pioneering the first digital camera at Kodak in 1975,” said a citation from The Economist, also noting, “Kodak has continually driven innovation at the highest standard in both print and digital photography, as well as within other imaging products.”

The Economist is honoring Sasson in the category of Consumer Products and Services, and will present seven Innovation Awards in other categories. Previous winners of the award in this category include YouTube founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley, video game pioneer Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, and the Apple iPod team.

“I am very honored to receive this recognition,” said Sasson. “I consider myself fortunate to have been part of the digital transformation of the photographic industry over the last 35 years.

“Although this transformation has changed much about the way we take pictures, in the end, the challenge is the same. We are dealing with people’s most precious possession, their personal memories.”

Kodak Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Antonio M. Perez lauded Sasson on his latest honor.

“Having worked at several companies during my career, I’ve come to know many of the world’s finest imaging scientists and engineers, including a number who work at Kodak,” said Perez. “In that category, Steve Sasson, who created the first digital camera and continued to innovate through his distinguished career with Kodak, is one of the first who comes to mind, not only as a great scientist, but as a great person as well.”

A judge of the awards added this comment:

“It’s remarkable and fitting that an employee at an iconic company best known for film technology pioneered this seismic disruption … Sasson’s digital camera innovation certainly qualifies as a market-proven game changer.”

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#1 Adrian

A big THANK YOU! :)

9:49 am - Tuesday, October 6, 2009

#2 Digital Camera Prices

Wow! It's finally good to know the man behind the digital camera. Steve Sasson, you've been an unsung hero for so long, it's about time that you get the recognition. Kudos to you!

4:13 am - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

#3 Christine

Wow!!!! Thanks to Steven sasson!!! He's made my life as an eighth grade student easier for science and social studies!!!! I thank you tons!!!

9:55 pm - Friday, January 22, 2010

#4 Mary Carnen López

I an a former legal counssuler for Kodak Mexicana, golden years in my life!!! I wish more people could know of this great achivement Kodak once again shared with the world; seems to be that the Imaging "Monster" keeps back in the shadow. ¿have you notice how few people knows Kodak owns the patent of such an invention? 0.01 over 1000 I beet.
Keep it going guys! regards!

8:37 pm - Sunday, June 27, 2010

#5 camera accessories

Great post Steven. It's finally good to know the man behind the camera. Have you been an unsung hero as it is high time that you get recognition Steve :)


7:24 am - Thursday, April 14, 2011

#6 Phil Hom

A fellow Brooklyn Tech Alumni thanks you!

6:51 pm - Tuesday, December 13, 2011

#7 Angela Williams

This article is wonderful!!!. Very useful and very good information. Very appreciated. Camera started with a 30-second conversation is fantastic and mind blowing. I love this article. I will surely spread the word. I have come across another one here-

9:03 am - Sunday, February 2, 2014