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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Nobel Price for physics
Just heard this on the radio this morning. The inventors of the CCD chip, Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith, won the Nobel price for physics. The CCD chip set of a revolution in digital imaging and scientific sensors. It's hard to overstate its importance for photography. Well deserved if you ask me. They are sharing the price with Charles K. Kao, who won for his work on fiber optics. Also extremely important in today's world for communication and many other applications. In my day to day work, I use both CCDs and fiber optics all the time for scientific research. Interesting to see them both being recognized at the same time.