Kornelis A. Schouhamer Immink (The Netherlands)
Invention: Coding method for CD, DVD and Blu-ray
Kornelis Schouhamer Immink’s inventions jump-started a digital revolution. The 68-year-old has fathered three very successful generations, from the birth of the CD in 1982 and the DVD in 1995 to the first Blu-ray disc in 2006. Now he is named on more than a thousand patents worldwide.