While not an official biography, the following is reprinted with the kind permission of the Royal Society.
by F.W. Campbell, F.R.S.†
This Medal has been established by the Optical Society of America and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology in honour of Land and in recognition of his unique career as scientist, technologist, industrialist, humanist and public servant.
The medal recognizes pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies and their resulting products. The recipient should share Land’s insatiable scientific intensity and curiosity in optics and imaging and, in part, reflect his image as inventor, scientist, entrepreneur and teacher.
The first Land Medal was awarded at the IS&T Annual Conference in Boston in May 1993. It went to Howard C. Rogers, who had succeeded Land as Director of Research at Polaroid in 1982.