#25717 Overall Influence

Eric Fossum

Inventor of CMOS active pixel image sensor camera-on-a-chip

About

Why is this person notable and influential?

Eric Fossum is a professor at Thayer School of Engineering for Dartmouth College. He earned a B.S. in physics and engineering at Trinity College and a Ph.Dy in electrical engineering from Yale University. Fossum played a critical role in the development of technologies that reside within our digital camera products today.

It was during his time at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology that he developed his most well-known achievement – the CMOS image sensor. It is estimated that over 3 billion cameras annually are built using his technology.

After spending time working with existing camera companies such as Olympus and Eastman Kodak, he cofounded a new venture called Photobit Corporation, which was later acquired by Micron. He also founded the IEEE Workshop on CCDS and was the inaugural president of the International Image Sensor Society.

A holder of more than 150 patents, Fossum has also earned a number of prestigious awards, including a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, Induction into the US Space Foundation Space Technology Hall of Fame, Inventory of the Year (by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association), and in 2014, he shared the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Academic Website

Featured in Top Influential Engineers Today

From Wikipedia

Eric R. Fossum is an American physicist and engineer known for developing the CMOS image sensor. He is currently a professor at Thayer School of Engineering in Dartmouth College.

Source: Wikipedia

Other Resources

Schools

What schools is this person affiliated with?
Columbia University
Columbia University

Private Ivy League research university in New York City

view profile
Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science
Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science

view profile
Trinity College
Trinity College

College in Hartford, Connecticut

view profile
Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

view profile

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this person influential?
#3462 World Rank #1204 USA Rank
Engineering
#4378 World Rank #1306 USA Rank
Physics