Why We Should Thank Jim Russell

13 Jan 2015

If you’re a music fan, you owe a lot of Jim Russell because he has had a massive impact on your life.

You’ve never heard of Jim Russell?  Don’t feel bad.  Few people have.  Yet Jim is the guy who pretty much invented both the CD and the DVD.

“Hold on,” you say, “Wasn’t that technology jointly developed by Sony and Philips back in the 70s?”  Yes, it was—but only after they licensed technology that Jim developed back in the 1960s.  He had come up with a way to record data on glass which was then read by a laser.

Unfortunately, Jim sold his patents really cheap and outside of that initial payment, he never saw a cent from anything to do with CDs and DVDs.

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