RIP Norman Woodland, Co-Inventor of the Barcode

Norman Woodland, co-inventor of the UPC barcode passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at the age of 91 due to effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Woodland worked with Bernard Silver to create the barcode while studying at Drexel University and they submitted a patent for the barcode in 1949. However, it was not until 1974 that the first barcode was scanned commercially.

In addition to inventing the barcode, Woodland worked on the Manhattan Project developing atomic bombs for the U.S. military and also worked at IBM. Woodland was honored at the White House alongside Bill Gates for his achievements in technology.

Today, approximately 5 billion products are scanned and tracked every day, worldwide.

Please take a moment to remember Woodland for inventing the barcode and blossoming the AIDC industry.

Learn more about the history of barcodes.