George Joseph Laurer III was born in Manhattan, New York back in1925. As a teenager he contracted polio which he recovered from. While he was in the 11th grade he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge he graduated from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in 1951.
In 1951, he began working for IBM as a junior engineer. By 1969, he had been promoted for senior engineer/scientist moving to the company’s officer in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. He held 25 patents and authored 27 published Technical Disclosure Bulletins. In 1976 he was given the Raleigh Inventor of the Year Award. He stayed with IBM for 36 years, he died in 2019, he was 94.
What you may not know about George is that he developed the Universal Product Code (UPC) in the early 1070’s. As of 2019, UPC barcodes were being scanned more than 6 billion times each day.
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