Edwin H. Land

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Edwin H. Land
Born Edwin Herbert Land
May 7, 1909
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Died March 1, 1991(1991-03-01) (aged 81)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Known for Polarizing film[1]
Land instant camera
Influenced Steve Jobs
Notable awards Presidential Medal of Freedom (1963)
IRI Medal (1965)
Perkin Medal (1974)
Harold Pender Award (1979)
National Medal of Technology
Fellow of the Royal Society[2]

Edwin H. Land (1909 - 1991) was an American physicist and inventor.

In 1932, he discovered a cheap and easy way to polarize light. In 1937 he set up the Polaroid Corporation to make scientific instruments and anti-glare sunglasses. In 1947 he developed the Polaroid camera. It could print photographs without needing film.

References[change | change source]

  1. Land, E. H.; Hunt, W. A. (1936). "The Use of Polarized Light in the Simultaneous Comparison of Retinally and Cortically Fused Colors". Science 83 (2152): 309. doi:10.1126/science.83.2152.309. PMID 17749392. 
  2. Campbell, Fergus William (1994). "Edwin Herbert Land. 7 May 1909-1 March 1991". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 40: 196–219. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1994.0035.