Meet the Man Who Made All Your Selfies Possible!

by Paula Newton December 16, 2014

fossumIn conjunction with Science: Photography’s Influence on Science and Medicine, the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) is hosting a lecture by Dr. Eric R. Fossum tomorrow evening, December 17, at 6pm (reception at 5:30pm). Fossum is currently a professor with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and is best known for inventing and developing the CMOS active-pixel image sensor and camera-on-a-chip.

In case you’re not enough of a science nerd to understand what that means: this is the technology that enables nearly all camera phones and web cameras, many DSLRs, high-speed motion-capture cameras, automotive cameras, dental X-ray cameras, and swallowable pill cameras. This all happened in the 1990s and is now used in the manufacturing of billions of tiny cameras a year.

(Photo courtesy of Thayer School of Engineering)

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