Land, Edwin Herbert

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Land, Edwin Herbert Gender: M
born on 7 May 1909 at 00:30 (= 12:30 AM )
Place Bridgeport, USA, 41n10, 73w12
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
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Rodden Rating A
Collector: McEvoy
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 16°00' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 05°55 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 03°30'

Portrait of Edwin Herbert Land 
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Edwin Herbert Land
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American inventor and founder of the Polaroid Camera. He had 533 patents to his name, second only to Edison. Land's daughter was the inspiration for the Polaroid Camera, asking why she couldn't see the picture that he had just taken with his camera.

Brilliantly devised, he grasped the entire concept within an hour. Land started the company in 1935 and ran it until 1982 when it was reported to be a $1.4 billion business.

He had long since dropped out of Harvard, founded a successful corporation and had come up with scores of inventions when he took on the challenge of instant photography, just after WW II.

His mind had been compared to Einstein and Edison, a charismatic man with great physical presence. He was featured on the cover of Life magazine in 1946. Land's other inventions include Polaroid sunglasses, 3-D movies, wartime gun sights and guided missiles. He did basic research on vision and came up with important insights into how the brain perceives color.

Land died 3/01/1991 Cambridge, MA.

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  • Work : Start Business 1935 (Started the Polaroid Camera Co., 47 years)
  • Social : Great Publicity 1946 (Appeared on cover of Life magazine)

Source Notes

Frances McEvoy quotes him


  • Traits : Mind : Exceptional mind (Compared to Edison)
  • Traits : Personality : Charismatic (Great presence)
  • Traits : Personality : Unique
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Polaroid Co.)
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Invented Poloroid camera)
  • Notable : Famous : Notable extremes (533 patents)