Sadly Bryce Bayer passed away, he may not be widely known but his influence is huge.
Bryce Bayer, the Eastman Kodak scientist who invented a now pivotal color filter for digital photography that bears his name, has passed away. Bayer, 83, died on November 13th in Bath, Maine.
Known as the Bayer Filter, Bayer’s 1976 invention is still used in nearly every digital camera, video camera and camera phone on the market today. The Bayer Filter array was patented in 1976 (U.S. Patent No. 3,971,065) and features a checkerboard arrangement of red, green, blue filters that enable a single CCD or CMOS imaging sensor to capture color images.
Mr Bayer – thank you, RIP
More here from this Imaging Research article.