Ten fun facts about Edwin Herbert Land


Fact 1
He is best known as the co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation.

Fact 2
Among other things, he invented inexpensive filters for polarizing light, a practical system of in-camera instant photography, and his retinex theory of color vision.

Fact 3
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.


Fact 4
In 1932 he established the Land-Wheelwright Laboratories together with his Harvard physics instructor, George Wheelwright, to commercialize his polarizing technology. The company was renamed the Polaroid Corporation in 1937.

Fact 5
A little more than three years later, on February 21, 1947, Land demonstrated an instant camera and associated film.

Fact 6
He once wore the same clothes for eighteen consecutive days while solving problems with the commercial production of polarizing film.

Fact 7
As the Polaroid company grew, Land had teams of assistants working in shifts at his side. As one team wore out, the next team was brought in to continue the work.

Fact 8
In 1957, Harvard University awarded him an honorary doctorate, and Edwin H. Land Blvd., a street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was later named in his memory.

Fact 9
During his time at Polaroid, Land was notorious for his marathon research sessions.

Fact 10
When Land conceived of an idea, he would experiment and brainstorm until the problem was solved with no breaks of any kind.


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