Digital camera eye inventor honored

October 6, 2009 3:30:30 PM PDT
A University of Chicago graduate is one of three Americans who are sharing the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics. The three created the technology behind digital photography and helped link the world through fiber optic networks, according to the Royal Swedish Academy Of Sciences.

George Smith graduated from the University of Chicago in 1959. Smith and Willard Boyle invented the eye of the digital camera.

Charles Kao is being cited for discovering how to transmit light signals over long distances through glass fibers as thin as a human hair.