Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA), a PMA member association, presented Dr. George E. Smith with the DIMA Lifetime Achievement Award today at the Las Vegas Haze Nightclub. DIMA created a lifetime achievement award for those individuals in the industry who have helped shape the landscape and influence the future of digital imaging. It has only been awarded twice since the formation of DIMA in 1995, and was last awarded in 2007 to Graham Nash and Mac Holbert.
Dr. Smith was honored for his contributions to digital imaging as the co-inventor of the CCD sensor. In 1969, Dr. Smith and Willard Boyle invented the CCD, for which they jointly received 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.
Born May 10, 1930, in White Plains, New York, Dr. Smith is a scientist and applied physicist. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania before going on to the University of Chicago where he earned his PhD.
In 1959, following graduation, he joined Bell Laboratories where he worked on a variety projects and ground breaking research before retiring in 1986. Dr. Smith is an avid sailor. After retirement Dr. Smith sailed around the world with his life partner of 40 years, Janet Murphy. He currently resides in Waretown, New Jersey.