Edwin Herbert Land was an American inventor and physicist who held over 500 patents for his innovations in light and plastics. His patented polarized filters helped eliminate glare and reflections in automobile headlights, sunglasses, and cameras. He is best known for creating the Polaroid instant camera and co-founding the Polaroid Corporation.
Curiosity Inspires Invention
On a family trip, Land’s young daughter asked why the family camera couldn’t create a picture that she could see immediately. At that time, camera film took up to three weeks to develop in a lab that could conduct complex chemical reactions. Her question inspired Land to create an instant camera. After several years of work his camera debuted in 1948 and revolutionized photography.