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Willard S. Boyle dies at 86; a father of the digital camera
Willard S. Boyle dies at 86; a father of the digital camera

Willard S. Boyle, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of the revolutionary imaging device that is at the heart of digital cameras of all descriptions, died May 7 at a hospital in his home town of Wallace, Canada. He was 86 and had been suffering from kidney disease, friends said. The digital imaging device, called the charge-coupled device, or CCD, allowed engineers for the first time to store a visual image in digital form, revolutionizing photography and a host of other fields. CCDs are at the heart of smartphones, camcorders, telescopes, supermarket bar-code scanners, fax machines and scanners, among other electronic devices. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD:...

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