Who Deserves Credit for the Nobel-Prize-winning CCD?

Two Bell Labs contemporaries of Nobel Prize winners George Smith and Willard Boyle put some doubt into the accepted history.

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  News Editor Sam Moore discusses the controversy surrounding last week's announcement of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics. Like many media outlets, IEEE Spectrum published a news story about the winners, George Smith and Willard Boyle. Shortly after publication, Moore was contacted by Michael F. Tompsett and Eugene Gordon, who worked with Smith and Boyle at Bell Labs when the CCD was developed.

Explore the total coverage of the Nobel Prize and ensuing controversy (in chronological order):

Nobel Goes to Boyle and Smith for CCD Camera Chip

Long Live Bell Labs

Former Bell Labs Employee Says He Invented the CCD Imager

Who Deserves Credit for Inventing the CCD?  (Interview with former Bell Labs Engineer Carlo Sequin)

History's First Draft

Eugene Gordon Claims He Gave Smith The Idea for the CCD

A Portrait of Bell Labs in the Mid-1960s