Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bryce Bayer Got UK Royal Photographic Society Progress Award

Yahoo: Retired Kodak research scientist Bryce Bayer, whose invention of a color filter array enabled digital imaging sensors to capture color, is honored by the Royal Photographic Society with its Progress Award at a ceremony in London.

Bayer invented the color filter array that bears his name (the Bayer filter), which is incorporated into nearly every digital camera and camera phone on the market today. Described in U.S. Patent 3,971,065, “Color Imaging Array,” filed in 1975, color filters are arranged in a checkerboard pattern to best match how people perceive images, and provide a highly detailed color image.

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  1. Good selection!

    Meanwhile, I went back to look at Bayer's patent. It was interesting to see how the idea of RGB color filters on a tube's photoconductive target was translated into RGBG on a solid-state image sensor.

    It was also interesting to note that RGBW was proposed as a photoelement group by Banning in 1951, and also RWGWBW in a rotating beam iconoscope concept.

    I wonder if the early image capture guys were well acquainted with Pointillism and Divisionism from 1880's-era painters?

    As I have said before, we all stand on the shoulders of our predecessors.

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  2. Just for the info: Eric Fossum too received Royal Photographic Society with its Progress Award 5 years ago.

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  3. It's supposed to be: Eric Fossum too received Royal Photographic Society Progress Award 5 years ago. Sorry for the typo.

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