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George Joseph Laurer Wiki Bio
George Joseph Laurer (September 23, 1925 – December 5, 2019) developed the Universal Product Code, commonly known as the barcode, in 1973. As an engineer at IBM, he was asked to develop the pattern used for the Universal Product Code.George Joseph Laurer died earlier this month at his home in Wendell. He was 94.
Laurer helped create the Universal Product Code (UPC) while working at IBM’s office in Research Triangle Park. He had joined the company in 1951 and rose through the ranks to become a senior engineer in 1969, according to a biography on IBM’s website.
Across a career that spanned more than three decades, he became the holder of 25 patents, according to his alma mater, the University of Maryland.
But it was his invention in 1973 for which he is most remembered. That was the year he invented the UPC bar code, building on advances that IBM had been making for decades in search of a way to code products.
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George Joseph Laurer Age
A 36-year veteran of the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) who retired in June 1987, George Laurer was the holder of 25 patents. He was also the author of 20 published Technical Disclosure Bulletins.
During his career, IBM recognized and rewarded him for many technical innovations. He received the prestigious “Raleigh, N.C. Inventor of the Year” award in 1976. In 1980, he was honored with IBM’s Corporate Technical Achievement award for his work on the Universal Product Code proposal that was issued in 1970 by McKinsey & Co. and Uniform Grocery Product Code Council, Inc.
Before joining IBM, he received the B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1951. He came to the University after having served in the US Army during World War II and attending a technical school to learn radio and TV repair. Upon completion of his first year at the technical school, his instructor convinced him that he should not continue that course of study, but that he should go to college.
Laurer lived in Wendell, North Carolina until his death in December 2019.
WHEN BAR CODE IDEA CAME
“In interview George Joseph Laurer said” idea originally came from seeing the black-and-white patterns of motion picture optical sound tracks, and then the ‘dash-dot-dash’ pattern of Morse code,” Woodland said in 1991, according to IBM. “In both of these, a rapidly changing series of signals conveys information. That’s essentially what bar coding is … a non-verbal symbol … a Morse code for reading a label.”
It wasn’t until 1970, when Laurer began working on a scanable digital code, that the creation of the UPC gained momentum.
While IBM had a sprawling campus in Research Triangle Park, most of the work on the UPC was being done in a rented building in Raleigh, according to IBM.
And in 1973, IBM launched its first product that could scan the now familiar bar code that adorns nearly every product, whether it is sold in a grocery store or at a mall.
The Universal Product Code has bit patterns at the beginning, middle, and end of the barcode called “guard bars”. Laurer is often asked about the resemblance of these guard bars to the coding of the numeral 6. Some people [who?] see the three sets of guard bars as encoding the number 666, which some fundamentalist Christians see as a sign of evil.