The National Inventors Hall of Fame™ honors the women and men responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible. Continuing to celebrate its mission of recognizing and fostering invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame has announced its 2011 Inductees. Eric Fossum, a professor of engineering at Dartmouth University, has been named a 2011 inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Fossum, a physicist and engineer, invented the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel image sensor used in almost all cell phone cameras, webcams, many digital still cameras and in medical imaging, among other applications. He worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and has been the CEO of two successful high tech companies. Fossum will be officially inducted at a ceremony to be held May 4, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
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