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Electronic Imaging & Signal Processing

Digital pioneer reflects on evolution of photography

SPIE Newsroom
29 November 2010



Steven J. Sasson, Eastman Kodak Co., New York, was one of three recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He was honored at the White House for inventing the digital camera and revolutionizing the way images are captured, stored and shared.

In a roundtable on the day of the award ceremony, Sasson talked about how photography has changed since digital has replaced film. (See video clip above)


Amnon Yariv is congratulated by President Obama. (Ryan K. Morris Photography and the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation)

Also receiving medals were the winners of the National Medal of Science, including Amnon Yariv, California Institute of Technology, for contributions to photonics and quantum electronics, including his demonstration of the semiconductor distributed feedback laser that underpins today's high-speed optical fiber communications.

See excerpt from White House discussion with Steven Sasson
See full video (33 minutes, including Marye Ann Fox, Steven Sasson, Warren Washington)
NSF press release on medal recipients