Willard Boyle Net Worth

How much was Willard S. Boyle worth?

Net Worth:$500 Thousand
Date of Birth:August 19, 1924

About Willard S. Boyle

  • Full name: Willard Sterling Boyle
  • Birth date: August 19, 1924
  • Nationality: Canadian
Canadian physicist Willard S. Boyle had a net worth of $500 thousand dollars at the time of his death, in 2011. Boyle was a pioneer in the field of laser technology and co-invented the charge-coupled device, with George E. Smith.


Though he saw no active service, Willard Boyle served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. Boyle later obtained his B.S. degree (1947), M.S. degree (1948) and Ph.D. (1950) from McGill University in Montreal.

Prominent Work:

In 1953, Boyle went to work at Bell Labs. In 1962, he worked with Don Nelson to invent the first continuously operating ruby laser. He was named on the first patent for a semiconductor injection laser. Also in 1962, he was made director of Bellcomm’s (a Bell Labs subsidiary) Space Science and Exploratory Studies program, which provided support to the Apollo program. He returned to Bell Labs in 1964. In 1969, he worked with George E. Smith to develop charge-coupled devices. (See the Smith article for more info on this discovery.)


  • 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • 2006 Charles Stark Draper Prize
  • 1974 IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award
  • 1973 Franklin Institute’s Stuart Ballantine Medal

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