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Inventors at Work: The Minds and Motivation Behind Modern Inventions by Brett Stern

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Eric Fossum

Image Sensor Physicist, Professor

Dartmouth

Dr. Eric R. Fossum is a solid-state image sensor device physicist and engineer. He is the primary inventor of the modern CMOS active pixel image sensor used in nearly all camera phones and web cameras, many DSLRs, high-speed motion capture cameras, automotive cameras, dental X-ray cameras, and swallowable pill cameras.

Born and raised in Connecticut, he received his BS in physics and engineering from Trinity College in Hartford and his PhD in engineering from Yale. In 1990, Dr. Fossum joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology. He managed JPL’s ...

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