If there's one thing we know about geeks, it's that they hate having nothing to do
. Bill Gates has filled his spare time collecting knighthoods
and Harvard degrees
, and Steve Sasson -- inventor of the first, and assuredly biggest, digital camera -- is now following in his distinguished footsteps. Sasson perfected a microwave oven-sized 0.01 megapixel prototype while working for Kodak way back in 1975, and has now been awarded an honorary PhD for his troubles from the University of Rochester. The man, the geek, and the legend (all the same person) will be in London later today receiving further recognition, in the form of The Economist
's Innovation Award, which commends the "seismic disruption" his invention caused in the field of consumer photography. Funny, nobody gives us
any awards for being disruptive.
- University of Rochester honorary doctorate
- The Economist Innovation Award