so what! i hear you cry. but you have a lot to thank Willard Boyle for. in fact he helped you create most of the photos and videos you have taken in the last decade or so, because Willard Boyle one of the key inventors of the CCD.
Willard Boyle died on Saturday at the age of 86. Boyle was a Nobel laureate physicist. The invention that earned the prize for him and his colleague George Smith is in everything from bar code scanners to medical endoscopes to the Hubble Space Telescope. It is the CCD, the charge-coupled device. It is the light-sensitive microchip at the heart of digital photography.
RIP Willard, I thank you for your services to humanity