Willard Boyle

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Willard Boyle

Willard Sterling Boyle (19 August 19247 May 2011) was a Canadian physicist and co-inventor of the charge-coupled device. He was awarded a one-quarter share in the the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics.


  • A certain ounce of arrogance is not essential in carrying forward an idea. In talking about the device with others, surprising now number of people who either were quite negative and had reasons to suggest it would not function as described or claimed that it would be of little interest and no better than some already existing device.
    • Willard S. Boyle and George Elwood Smith describing The Inception of Charge-Coupled Devices, edited by Frederick Su (1990). Technology of our times: people and innovation in optics and optoelectronics. SPIE Press. p. 91. ISBN 0819404721. 

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  • The Nobel Prize in Physics 2009 was divided, one half awarded to Charles Kuen Kao "for groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication", the other half jointly to Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith "for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit - the CCD sensor". He had no friends, and he was a nerd in school.

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