Russell Kirsch, the inventor of the pixels that laid the foundations of digital photography, is gone

Tram Ho

Computer engineer Russell A. Kirsch , the inventor of digital pixels, one of the people who laid the foundations of modern photography, passed away this Tuesday, at his home. in the city of Portland due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease, aged 91 years.

Russell Kirsch, người phát minh ra điểm ảnh đặt nền móng cho ngành nhiếp ảnh số, đã qua đời - Ảnh 1.

Born on June 20, 1929 in New York City to two parents who immigrated from Hungary and Russia, Mr. Kirsch attended Bronx High School and then went to three universities: NYU, Harvard and MIT. In 1951, he joined the US National Bureau of Standards, where he worked for 50 years and where he invented pixels.

The photo below has a resolution of 172 x 172 pixels of his son Walden in 1957. This photo was reached the top “100 most influential photos of the world” in 2003.

Russell Kirsch, người phát minh ra điểm ảnh đặt nền móng cho ngành nhiếp ảnh số, đã qua đời - Ảnh 2.

His whole life was constantly researching to develop the photographic industry further. In 2010, he said he wanted to create shape-shifting pixels instead of just squares. At the age of 81, he worked on a new technology that allows creating a 6 x 6 pixel region, dividing them into two high-contrast parts, then merging them to produce clearer images than ever before.

A man named Joel Runyon had the opportunity to meet Mr. Kirsch at a coffee shop. In this blog post there are very valuable comments from him – now 83 years old:

“I don’t think there’s anything stopping us from achieving our goals. Most people have the opposite idea, they think there’s too much obstruction that they end up with. Can’t do anything. “

Mr. Kirsch has passed away, but the legacy he left behind for mankind is enormous, with an estimated 3.8 billion new photos taken a day thanks to his discovery. Hope you rest in peace.

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Source : Genk