George E. Smith

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George E. Smith
Born (1930-05-10) May 10, 1930 (age 89)
Nationality United States
Alma materUniversity of Chicago (Ph.D. 1959)
University of Pennsylvania (B.S. 1955)
Known forCharge-coupled device
AwardsIEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award (1974)
Draper Prize (2006)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2009)
Scientific career
InstitutionsBell Labs

George Elwood Smith (born May 10, 1930) is an American scientist and co-inventor of the Charge-coupled device. He was awarded a quarter-share in the the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for "the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit – the CCD sensor".[1]

Smith was born in White Plains, New York, and attained his B.S. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1955 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1959. He worked at Bell Labs from 1959 to 1986, where he led research into novel lasers and semiconductor devices.

In 1969, Smith and Willard Boyle invented the Charge-Coupled Device (CCD), for which they have been joint recipients of the Franklin Institute’s Stuart Ballantine Medal in 1973, the 1974 IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award, the 2006 Charles Stark Draper Prize, and the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics.


  1. ^ The Nobel Prize in Physics 2009, Nobel Foundation, 2009-10-06, retrieved 2009-10-06.

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