Imaging Resource: Bryce Bayer, the Eastman Kodak scientist who invented the almost standard color filter pattern that bears his name, has passed away. Bayer, 83, died on November 13th in Bath, Maine. The Bayer Filter array was patented in 1976, U.S. Patent No. 3,971,065. Bayer is also known for his recursively defined matrix used in ordered dithering.
Update: SR kindly sent me a photo of Bryce Bayer's notebook describing his RGB pattern idea for the first time: