Half of this year's Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to Willard S. Boyle (left) and George E. Smith (right), inventors of the charge-coupled device, or CCD, which forms the basis for most digital camera sensors. They shared the award with Charles K. Kao (center), whose work was crucial to fiber optics.
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MikeFeatured Comment by Rick: "This was wonderful news to hear. I first met George Smith and some of his colleagues from Bell Labs in the 1970s when I was a young engineer. We were part of an informal sailing club George established called the 'Five B's Society' (don't ask). I vividly recall remarkable conversations with him about his work on the CCD and other related technologies, which back then were mostly thought of as digital memory devices. He's a very warm and self-effacing person, but even 30+ years ago was already well known as a world-class scientist. In more recent years, we would occasionally correspond with him and his wife as they cruised their sailboat around the world. Ironically, I don't remember ever seeing him with a camera."