Pioneer of digital photography is recognised in New Year’s Honours


A DORCHESTER man, one of the pioneers of digital photography, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year honours.

Peter Noble is credited with creating the world’s first image sensor in 1966, based on the ‘active pixel’ – the successors of which are used in a range of devices including movie cameras and mobile phones.

Mr Noble came to Dorchester in 1969, founding Integrated Photomatrix Ltd, where the first video using the system was demonstrated – winning the company a Queen’s Award for Industry in 1974.

The Observer newspaper carried the first public story about the discovery in April showing a small basic image sensor – following the first scientific paper presented at an international conference. Peter authored some 30 papers on the topic, wrote a book, and created many patents.

Mr Noble, who is also known locally for his work with Rotary, enjoyed a successful career in electronics, physics, authored two books and worked as a consultant for several global companies.

When he came to Dorchester he joined Round Table, and later Rotary, rising to the national councils of both bodies.

He has also been a school governor, and a member of other voluntary organisations.

For 35 years he devoted time to the world of extreme sports – starting with BMX where his eldest son, Mark, won the world championship in 1988. The team he created, known as Team Extreme, added skateboarding, in-line skating, and even break dancing – performing at many shows and exhibition across four continents.

Peter now continues with Poundbury Rotary, as well as being chairman of Poundbury (MANCO2) Ltd and the Poundbury Community Trust.

Also receiving an MBE in the Dorchester area is Lindsey Issacs, lately Head of Prevention, Dorset Fire & Rescue Service. The citatation is for services to Fire Prevention & Community Safety in Dorset. Receiving an OBE is Dr Brian Bowsher, Chief Executive, Science & Technology Facilities Council. His award is for services to International and National Metrology.