Dick MERRILL

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Photographer, Inventor

AmericanBorn Richard BILLINGS MERRILL

American inventor, engineer, and photographer

Born on August 18, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA , United States

Died on October 17, 2008 in Woodside, California, USA

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Merrill was born in New York City, the son of Dr. Frederick Hamilton Merrill and Joan Williams Merrill. He was the adoptive grandson of Richard Billings (son of Frederick H. Billings), and the grandson of Norman Williams of the family that donated the library in Woodstock, Vermont.



He was married in 1996 to Sengchanh (Seng) Phomphanh. They made their home in Woodside, California.

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Merrill earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College, and worked for National Semiconductor from 1980.



He was a founder of Foveon in 1997, and worked there until his death from cancer in 2008. He invented the "vertical color filter" technology of the Foveon X3 sensor that is at the heart of the novel digital cameras sold by Sigma Corporation (the SD9, SD10, SD14, and DP1).



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