The Nobel Prize in Physics 2009
Nobel Co-recipients: Charles K. Kao, Willard S. Boyle
Applied physicist. Co-inventor of imaging semiconductor circuit, the charge-coupled device (CCD sensor) which has become an electronic eye in almost all areas of photography.
His interest was Applied Mathematics. Mathematics Professor was dismissed. So he became a physicist - Applied not Theoretical because he was interested in hands-on work.
Nobel Prize Cash & Philanthropy"Asked what he would do with the prize money, Smith from his home in New Jersey: “I‘m 79 years old right now. And I don’t think my life is going to change much. I don’t even need a bigger boat.”" - By Niklas Pollard, Reuters, October 6, 2009
Name:George Elwood Smith
Birth: 10 May 1930, White Plains, NY, USA
Affiliation at the time of the award: Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA
Prize motivation: "for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit - the CCD sensor."
Portion of Cash: 1/3
Nobel Prize Cash & Philanthropy