Bryce Bayer RIP (Bayer Filter/sensor Kodak scientist)

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.

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  1. RIP Mr. Bayer. His work was the foundation for a technology I led development on a few years ago geared at the Academy and studios, for archiving full color movies on to a single strip of B&W 35mm film, called Visionary Archive. This was designed to be a superior replacement for 3-strip YCM separations, and utilized a Bayer pattern mosaic. We worked some with Kodak on this, and they just recently released their new ‘Digital Separations’ archival film stock. Using the most reliable long term media storage format (35mm B&W film) and combining digital techniques and algorithms to have a novel hybrid. A whitepaper was published in the SMPTE Journal, and can be read at:

    Sean McKee
    CEO / Founder
    Visionary Arts & Scientific Technologies (VAST, LLC)

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