Royal Photographic Presents
Prestigious Progress Award
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 17, 2009--
Retired Kodak research scientist Bryce Bayer, whose invention of a color
filter array enabled digital imaging sensors to capture color, is today
being honored by the Royal Photographic Society with its Progress Award
at a ceremony in London. The Royal Photographic Society, founded in 1853
“to promote the art and science of photography,” has chapters across the
U.K. and ten regions around the world.
Bayer invented the color filter array that bears his name (the Bayer
filter), which is incorporated into nearly every digital camera and
camera phone on the market today. Described in U.S. Patent 3,971,065,
“Color Imaging Array,” filed in 1975, color filters are arranged in a
checkerboard pattern to best match how people perceive images, and
provide a highly detailed color image.
The Bayer Filter enables a single CCD or CMOS image sensor to capture
color images that otherwise would require three separate sensors
attached to a color beam splitter – a solution that would be large and
expensive. The red, green, and blue colors of the Bayer filter are
fabricated on top of the light-sensitive pixels as the image sensor is
manufactured, a process pioneered by Kodak.
“The elegant color technology invented by Bryce Bayer is behind nearly
every digital image captured today,” said Dr. Terry Taber, Kodak Vice
President and Chief Technology Officer. “Bryce Bayer is very deserving
of this prestigious recognition and all of us at Kodak join the Royal
Photographic Society in saluting him.”
In addition to his work on digital color imaging, Bayer developed widely
cited algorithms for storing, improving, and printing digital images.
Bayer joins the growing list of Kodak researchers who have been honored
by the imaging industry for their contributions to the technology and
standards used in digital cameras.
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