Fast Facts About Kodak Science and Technology

Fast Facts About Kodak Science and Technology



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  • Kodak inventors were issued 19,576 U.S. patents between 1900 and 1999.
  • Between 1995 and 1999, Kodak inventors received 4,478 U.S. patents.
  • More than 215 Kodak inventors have 20 or more U.S. patents. Fifteen have more than 100 patents.

Accomplishments & History

  • Eastman Kodak founded its research labs in 1912, making it one of the nation's first industrial research laboratories.
  • Kodachrome film was invented in the 1930s by classical musicians.
  • In 1937, the first electronic scanner for graphic arts was developed in the Kodak labs.
  • Kodak scientists invented the photoresist (a type of photosensitive resin later used to manufacture integrated circuits).
  • For the Apollo 11 mission, Kodak built the electronic camera that sent still pictures back from the moon in 1969.
  • 1975 Steve Sasson (shown on the right) built the first digital camera.
  • In the 1997 Mars Surface Rover mission, Kodak image sensors captured close-up images of Mars.
  • In 1986, Kodak developed the first practical megapixel CCD image sensor.
  • In 1987,  Kodak researchers invented OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) technology.
  • In 1996, four Kodak engineers were named US "Inventors of the Year".
  • Kodak designed the optics for the Chandra X-ray space telescope in 1999.
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