The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group presents the Hurter and Driffield Memorial lecture:
“Kodak Moments: A look through the rear view mirror”
Dr Sam Weller FRSA
formerly Director of the Kodak European Research Laboratories in Cambridge
Dr Sam Weller is the former Director of Kodak's European Research. He graduated with first class Honours in Chemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and went on to complete a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1972. That same year he joined Kodak as an analytical chemist in their Research Division but rapidly,
Sam’s focus moved from chemical interactions to personal ones. He found himself leading major international projects and into a career path that found him managing a variety of research, development and manufacturing activities in the USA, France and the UK.
Sam spearheaded the move of Kodak’s European research activities from Harrow to Cambridge in the UK, where high-tech, knowledge-based companies share ideas and seek solutions. This approach, often referred to as open innovation has sparked huge growth in the knowledge-based business industry, and the model has become known as the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’.
Since retiring in 2008, Sam is using his skills developed at Kodak to enable a local charity, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, to better understand the social impact of the grants they make to local charities and community groups on behalf of generous donors. Also, as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he is leading a project to improve collaborations between local schools and community groups to impact educational disadvantage in deprived areas of Cambridgeshire.
Sam spent over 36 years in Kodak’s research laboratories experiencing good times and difficult times, diversification and divestment, product focused research and open innovation, expansion and downsizing. Here are some of his Kodak moments, looking back through the rear view mirror.
Tea/coffee, etc. will be served from 5.30pm in The Library and the lecture will take place in the Main Hall. The Main Hall is accessed via a staircase and regrettably there is no disabled access to this part of the building.
The lecture will be videoed for distribution via the Group website.
Admission is by ticket only. and tickets should be booked here