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Experiment in laser optics. Photo courtesy Greater Rochester Visitors Association

Imaging Center of the World and More

Rochester is the home of the George Eastman camera and Eastman Kodak Company; the development of xerography from Chester Carlson's invention and the Xerox Corporation; and the development of optic systems by the Bausch and Lomb Company. Both Eastman and Carlson have left generous legacies at such institutions as the Eastman School of Music, the University of Rochester, and the Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Advances in imaging technologies and techniques are routinely developed by businesses in Rochester both large and small -- then exported around the world. Rochester's companies and universities are the site of advanced research in holographic and electronic imaging, color science, laser systems, digital imaging, and electronic publishing. Rochester Institute of Technology prepares students for careers ranging from the fine arts to ophthalmic photography. The University of Rochester's Institute of Optics operates the Center for Advanced Optical Technology and offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in optics. In 1992, Rochester was selected by the National Science Foundation to become the home of the Center for Electronic Imaging, an outgrowth of the successful collaboration of the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Kodak and Xerox.

Originally submitted by: Louise McIntosh Slaughter, Representative (28th District).



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