Silicon Valley Pioneer Credited for Invention of Laser Optical Storage System
Dr. Stephen Petrina's 'Change and Technology in the U.S.' Credits Silicon Valley's Jerome Drexler for Invention of the Laser Optical Storage SystemEarlier in his career, dark matter cosmologist Jerome Drexler pioneered the laser recording of data using his co-invention, in 1979, of Drexon(R), a sealed nanotechnology-based laser recording media.
In 1981 Drexler and Drexler Technology Corporation of Silicon Valley (now called LaserCard Corporation, Nasdaq: LCRD), won the IR 100 Industrial Research Award for the world's first laser read/writable optical memory disc for digital information storage.
Dr. Stephen Petrina, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, now gives Jerome Drexler sole credit for the invention and technological development of the Laser Optical Storage System. That designation is on page 89 of Dr.Petrina's recently published history of technology, "Change and Technology in the United States: A Resource Book for Studying the Geography and History of Technology."
Drexler also invented the LaserCard(R) optical memory card in 1981. More than 35 million Drexon-based LaserCard optical memory cards have been sold to date. Currently active major optical memory card programs include the US Green Card, the US Laser Visa Mexican-border-crossing card, the US DOD logistics card, the Canadian permanent resident card, the Italian national ID card, the Italian permanent resident card, vehicle registration cards of several states of India, and the Saudi Arabian National ID card.
Jerome Drexler and Eric W. Bouldin, then of Drexler Technology Corp., jointly filed their first Drexon patent application on 7/6/79 that became USP 4, 278, 756. They then filed patent applications in 1979-1980 that led to US patents 4,269,917; 4,284,716; and 4,298.684. The patent claims are limited to structures formed from silver particles with maximum dimensions of 50 nanometers, to ensure low-laser-power recording.
In 1986 the term "nanotechnology" entered the English language via the first book on that subject. Later, nanotechnology became defined as structures utilizing building block particles "in the length scale of approximately 1 to 100 nanometer range." Thus, Jerome Drexler and Eric Bouldin invented a commercially successful nanotechnology product seven years before the first publication of the word "nanotechnology."
These days, Drexler is deeply involved in astro-cosmology research. In 2002 he discovered and developed the concept of "dark matter cosmology," based on Albert Einstein's 1905 Special Theory of Relativity. He has authored books published in 2003 and 2006 and scientific papers in 2005 (astro-ph/0504512) and in 2007 (physics/0702132) on the physics arXiv, to explain and to provide scientific support for his theory of dark matter cosmology.
In recent years, Drexler further developed both the concept of dark matter cosmology and methods to maximize the amount of knowledge that can be derived from astronomical data. He used a substantial amount of astronomical data, ideas from his 2003 book, and his new analytical methods to derive in his 2006 book plausible explanations for at least 15 and up to as many as 25 mysteries of the cosmos.
The title of Drexler's December 2003 book is, "How Dark Matter Created Dark Energy and the Sun: An Astrophysics Detective story."
The title of Drexler's May 2006 book is, "Comprehending and Decoding the Cosmos: Discovering Solutions to Over a Dozen Cosmic Mysteries by Utilizing Dark Matter Relationism, Cosmology, and Astrophysics."
Jerome Drexler, a dark matter cosmologist, is a former NJIT Research Professor in physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology, founder, former Chairman and chief scientist of Lasercard Corporation (Nasdaq: LCRD), and former Member of the Technical Staff of Bell Laboratories. He has been granted 76 U.S. patents, honorary Doctor of Science degrees from NJIT and Upsala (Uppsala) College, degree of Honorary Fellow of the Technion, an Alfred P.Sloan Fellowship at Stanford University, a three-year Bell Labs graduate study fellowship, the "Inventor of the Year" Award in 1990 for Silicon Valley, and the AMP program at Harvard. He is a Member of the Board of Overseers of NJIT and Honorary Life Member of the Board of Governors of the Technion.
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