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SPIE Professional July 2011

In memory

Don Braggins, expert in machine vision

SPIE Fellow Don BragginsSPIE Fellow and machine vision expert Don Braggins, 70, died 25 May in the UK. A founding member and former director of the UK Industrial Vision Association, Braggins specialized in image processing and analysis.

He was also a founder of Machine Vision Systems Consultancy in Royston, England, where he stayed on top of the vision market in Europe and evangelized for widespread adoption in manufacturing of machine vision in statistical process control.

Braggins, who wrote hundreds of articles on innovations in and applications of vision in a variety of technical magazines, served as associate editor for machine vision for the SPIE journal Optical Engineering from 2005 to 2009.

Nobel laureate Willard Boyle

Willard Boyle, who shared half of the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics for co-developing the CCD image sensor that revolutionized photography, has died in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was 86.

 Willard Boyle, left, and George Smith in 1974.
Willard Boyle, left, and George Smith in 1974. Their work on the charge-coupled device won them a Nobel Prize in 2009.
Image courtesy Bell Labs

Boyle and Nobel co-recipient George Smith invented the charge-coupled device in 1969 while working at Bell Labs in New Jersey.

The photosensitive microchip they developed has made chemical film virtually obsolete and has enabled the world to see astonishing images in space and under the sea.

"We are the ones who started this profusion of little cameras all over the world," he said after winning the Nobel.

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DOI: 10.1117/2.4201110.12

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