Russell Kirsch, inventor of the pixel, dies in Oregon at age 91 - oregonlive.com


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Summary generated on August 12, 2020


    Russell Kirsch, a computer scientist credited with inventing the pixel and scanning the world's first digital photograph, died Aug. 11 at his home in Portland at age 91.Born in Manhattan in 1929, Kirsch was the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia and Hungary.

    Educated at the Bronx High School of Science, New York University, Harvard and MIT, Kirsch worked for five decades as a research scientist at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards.

    In 1957, Kirsch created a small, 2-by-2-inch black-and-white digital image of Walden as an infant - among the first images ever scanned into a computer, using a device created by his research team.

    In the 1960s, Kirsch's research team did pioneering work in artificial intelligence and Walden Kirsch said he regrets his father was unable to appreciate how prevalent that technology has become.

    Russell Kirsch is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan, by children Walden, Peter, Lindsey and Kara, and by four grandchildren.