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Benton, Stephen A., 1941-2003 (CAVS Director 1996-2003)



  • Existence: 1941 - 2003-11-09



Stephen Benton was the inventor of the rainbow hologram. After receiving an electrical engineering undergraduate degree from MIT in 1963, he worked with MIT Professor Harold "Doc" Edgerton, a pioneer in stroboscopy, and at Polaroid Corporation in Edwin Land's vision research laboratory. He became a visiting scientist at MIT's Laser Research Center in 1980, founding the Spatial Imaging Group in 1982. He also became a founding faculty member of the Media Lab in 1984. In 1996 he became the director of the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies until his death in 2003.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Visual Studies records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0664
Abstract The Center for Advanced Visual Studies special collection is the repository of a 42 year history of collaborative and time-based productions generated by or related to the tenure of over 200 internationally recognized artist-fellows. The materials include moving images in various time based media, posters and artists’ prints, photographs, and over 130 feet of documents including artists’ notes, sketches, and correspondence. Materials concern the processes and productions of artists including...
Dates: 1962 - 2009