This man invented the digital camera in 1975 – and his bosses at Kodak never let it see the light of day


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If your employee came to you in 1975 and told you he’d invented the digital camera, what would you do? If you were Kodak, the answer was to effectively shove him in a closet and hope the product never reached the mass market.

Steven Sasson went to work for Kodak in 1973, The New York Times reports. He was tasked with figuring out whether a “charged coupled device” (C.C.D.) had any practical application. This led him, through a series of steps, not only to invent the first digital camera but also to invent a device to display it on.

Steven Sasson

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