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.
- 1947-02-21 1st instant developing camera demonstrated by Edwin Land in NYC
- 1948-11-26 1st Polaroid camera sold for $89.75 in Boston at the Jordan Marsh department store. The Land Camera model 95 becomes prototype for all Polaroid Land cameras for next 15 years
- 1970-06-17 Edwin Land patents the Polaroid camera