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    THIS WEEK'S HONORARY UNSUBSCRIBE goes to Willard Boyle. A native of Nova
    Scotia, Canada, Boyle was a physicist who joined New Jersey's Bell Labs
    in 1953. There, he helped perfect the ruby laser, developing (in 1962,
    with Don Nelson) the first one that could operate continuously. The
    same year he was named director of Space Science and Exploratory
    Studies at Bellcomm, a Bell Labs subsidiary in Washington D.C., to
    support the Apollo moon missions. Perhaps it was there that he started
    thinking about a problem NASA had: sending clear pictures back from
    space. On October 17, 1969, Boyle summoned a follow researcher, George
    E. Smith, to his office to brainstorm a new idea: a simple electronic
    chip that could digitize light using the photoelectric effect -- which
    concept had won Albert Einstein a Nobel Prize in 1921. In "not more
    than an hour," Smith said later, what he and Boyle came up with was the
    Charge-Coupled Device, or CCD, which is still the basis for digital
    imaging today, and used not only in still and video cameras (up to and
    including the Hubble Space Telescope), but "scopes" that surgeons use,
    barcode scanners, fax machines, and more. "A young person in the middle
    of a civil demonstration in Syria can instantly show the rest of the
    world from his cellphone camera, and it's because of what Dr. Boyle did
    with his colleague George Smith at Bell Labs," said H. Frederick Dylla,
    executive director of the American Institute of Physics. "This little
    chip makes those pictures possible." Boyle and Smith understood it
    immediately: "After making the first couple of imaging devices, we knew
    for certain that chemistry photography was dead," Smith said later.
    Boyle and Smith shared the Nobel Prize in physics for their work. Boyle
    retired back to Nova Scotia in 1979, and died on May 7. He was 86.

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    And we carry on with & enjoy the technology he made possible, wonderful.

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    Some people leave the world a very different place!
    "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"
    — Hunter S. Thompson

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    Bio here:


    He flew Spitfires for the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. After the war he went back to school, receiving his PhD in physics from McGill University. He taught physics at Royal Military College before going to New Jersey to work for Bell Labs.

    The scientists' discoveries included the transmission of light in fibres for optical communication and the invention of the charge-coupled device (CCD sensor), which is an imaging semiconductor circuit used as a digital camera's electronic eye.
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