U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer’s office on Monday announced that Steven J. Sasson, of the Eastman Kodak Co., received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for his role in the creation of the digital camera. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists, engineers, and inventors, and Schumer nominated Sasson for the honor.
Sasson’s role in the invention of the digital camera in the 1970s played a major role in the transformation of the imaging industry from film-based to almost entirely digital, and the transformation of Kodak within that industry. Since Sasson’s invention, Kodak has generated $3.1 billion in the digital imaging sector.
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the nation’s technological workforce.