Electronics Weekly: David Manners wrote a sentimental story about Kazuo Iwama, Sony's president in 1976-1982.
In 1973 as a deputy president he ordered Sony to start developing CCD for a consumer video camera.
The development was much more difficult than anyone had imagined. The project dragged on, and on. At every board meeting Iwama was asked: "When are you going to get a return on the investment in CCD?" His invariable response was: "Maybe not while I'm alive."
In 1985 Sony produced the first camcorder using a CCD and it was a huge success.
Iwama had died in 1982. In Iwama's granite tombstone there is embedded a CCD.
Sony CCD history is digested here.