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

Mon Oct 5, 2009 8:30am EDT

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Kodak and Sasson recognized for "refocusing the face of consumer photography"
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(Business Wire)--
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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