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Camera Origination and Imaging Medal Recipients

The Camera Origination and Imaging Medal, established in 2012, recognizes significant technical achievements related to inventions or advances in imaging technology, including sensors, imaging processing electronics, and the overall embodiment and application of image capture devices.​


2023 - Rudolf P. Koppe

In recognition of his technology development that enabled the transmission of full bandwidth HD camera signals over existing triax cable, allowing a rapid transition to high-definition television production in the studio and at remote locations. Despite skepticism about the feasibility of using triax instead of optical fiber cable, Koppe overcame many technical challenges using existing triax cables for HD production, resulting in significant cost savings and a smooth transition from SD to HDTV. 

Michael Cieslinski

The 2022 Camera Origination and Imaging Medal Award is conferred  to Michael Cieslinski, in recognition of pioneering work in imager and camera design which has led to the development  of a family of high dynamic range electronic cinematography cameras that have the ability to create images with the look of 35mm film.

Robert A. Dischert (1929 -1991)

In recognition of his many inventions that significantly advanced the state of the art in broadcast quality cameras. While most his 89 patents were for camera technology, his work spanned the entire spectrum of broadcast studio equipment.

Gérard Corbasson

For his enduring contributions to the improvement of television and film camera optics, notably the incorporation of real-time microprocessor control in lenses, the design of optical collimation equipment for CCDs, and the design of the first beam splitter for a color-broadcast CCD camera.

Paul K. Weimer

In recognition of his career, spanning modern electronic imaging and sensor development.  Weimer mad the early transition to solid-state sensors as one of the three principle designers of Image Orthicon.  He also contributed to the development of the first photoconductive tube. (vidicon), single imager color cameras, cathode ray tubes, charge-coupled devices, thin film techniques, and the world's first solid-state sensor camera.

Robert G. Neuhauser

For his innovation and leadership in the development of and contributions to literature on imaging devices, particularly television camera tubes, for more than six decades.

David F.E. Corley
For his five decades of continuous innovation in measurement and calibration tools for image acquisition, display, and color correction.​

R. Norman Hurst
For his work in color camera signal circuit design, particularly the invention of independent control of selected color areas, also known as skin detail. For over 25 years, this technique has been an essential part of color television production.

No Award Given

Eric R. Fossum

In recognition of his leadership in the invention and development of the CMOS Active Pixel Sensor Technology.  This advancement was first published in 1993 while Dr. Fossum worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Additionally, he promoted the new technology to a broad range of manufacturers as a new way of making camera image sensors.  CMOS image sensor technology is now widely deployed in motion picture and television cameras, cell phones, medical devices, security systems, and many other professional and consumer applications.

No Award Given

Bryce E. Bayer

The 2012 Camera Origination and Imaging Medal is awarded to Bryce Bayer, inventor of the color filter array that bears his name (the Bayer Filter), a core technology incorporated into nearly every digital camera and camera phone on the market today (U.S. Patent No. 3,971,065).  The advent of progressive capture and file based workflows has allowed the Bayer Filter to thrive in current digital cameras for motion pictures and television.