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FAU Professor Posthumously Named to Florida Inventors Hall of Fame


By FAU Division Of Research

Boca Raton, Fla. – July 9, 2014
– Florida Atlantic University Professor Emeritus William Glenn, Ph.D. was posthumously named to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. He was one of the world’s foremost high resolution imaging researchers and joins the likes of Thomas Edison, Gatorade inventor Robert Cade and John Gorrie, the air conditioning pioneer whose statue represents Florida in the U.S. Capitol Building, in the hall’s inaugural class.

"We are thrilled to be announcing this charter class of outstanding inventors whose work has had such an impact on the lives of Floridians and the world," said Paul R. Sanberg, chair of the hall’s advisory board and senior vice president for research and innovation at the University of South Florida.

Glenn, who died last year, served as a professor in the FAU Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He had a lifetime of innovations, achievements and contributions in the fields of high resolution imaging technology, electronic and optical physics and electrical engineering.

He served as Vice President/Director of Research at CBS Laboratories and Director of the NASA Imaging Technology Space Center. He developed high-definition digital imaging technology that has been used in military, aerospace, surveillance and consumer applications, including in Panavision products.

Glenn developed the High Definition Maximum Value (HDMAX) complementary metal-oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) camera, which exceeded the resolution and performance capabilities of all existing high definition television cameras. Versions of the camera also were developed for U.S. military use in coastline security and surveillance and by NASA for space-flight scientific observation, inspection and medical informatics. He was awarded over 130 patents and was published in over 105 technical articles.

The class of six inventors will be inducted to the hall at a Sept. 10 ceremony.

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