Steven J. Sasson
Steven J. Sasson’s development of the first digital still camera and contributions to groundbreaking digital technologies have revolutionized photography, making it easier and less expensive to capture and share photos. His patented work at Kodak during the 1970s involved using a fast charge-coupled device to capture images to a digital buffer memory and transfer them to a nonvolatile digital storage medium. Sasson saw the potential of emerging memory chips and analog-to-digital converters and decided to store four digital bits per pixel on a cassette tape instead of using traditional analog video circuits. During the 1980s, he also developed the first megapixel digital camera incorporating discrete cosine transform compression for storing images on memory cards.
A recipient of the 2009 US National Medal of Technology and Innovation, Sasson is currently president of Steven J. Sasson Consulting, LLC, Hilton, NY, USA.