Edwin Land

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land Full Name: Edwin Land
Nationality: American

Profession: Scientist and Inventor
Why Famous: Co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, his Polaroid instant camera, which went on sale in late 1948, made it possible for a picture to be taken and developed in 60 seconds or less.

He also invented inexpensive filters for polarizing light, a practical system of in-camera instant photography, and developed his retinex theory of color vision.

Born: May 7, 1909
Star Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Died: March 1, 1991 (aged 81)

Historical Events in the Life of Edwin Land

  • 1948-11-26 1st Polaroid camera sold for $89.75 in Boston at the Jordan Marsh department store. The Land Camera model 95 becomes the prototype for all Polaroid Land cameras produced for the next 15 years.
  • 1970-06-17 Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera