This riveting new biography visits the spectacular life of Edwin Land, the founder of Polaroid and the father of instant photography. He is perhaps the most important, yet least known, inventor and technology entrepreneur in American history. Land’s most famous achievement was the creation of a revolutionary film-and-camera system that could produce a photographic print moments after the picture was taken.
Apple founder Steve Jobs hailed Edwin Land as “a national treasure” and once confessed to a reporter that meeting Land was “like visiting a shrine.” By his own admission, Jobs modeled much of his own career after Land’s.
A Triumph of Genius takes you behind the scenes of this reclusive genius’s discoveries, triumphs, and defeats.
You’ll learn details of Land’s involvement over four decades with top-secret US military intelligence efforts during World War II and through the Cold War in the service of seven American presidents. Additionally, you’ll get a first-hand look at one of our nation’s most important legal battles over intellectual property—Polaroid versus Kodak. This corporate and legal struggle is a story of almost operatic dimension. What began as a cooperative and collegial relationship ended in Kodak’s betrayal. The conflict led to an epic legal battle, a dramatic event for Land who, from the witness stand, personally starred in a compelling courtroom drama. Download and start listening now!