Eric Fossum

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

Why Is Eric Fossum 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.

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According to 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. Early years and education Fossum was born and raised in Simsbury, Connecticut and attended public school there. He also spent Saturdays at the Talcott Mountain Science Center in Avon CT which he credits for his lifelong interest in science, engineering and mentoring students. He received his B.S. in engineering from Trinity College in 1979 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Yale University in 1984.

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