September 23, 1925 - December 5, 2019

George Joseph Laurer was born in New York, NY, on September 23, 1925. After returning from World War II, he began training as a radio and television engineer. After a year, he moved to the University of Maryland, where he graduated in 1951 as a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. That same year he embarked on his 36-year career as an engineer at IBM. He retired in June 1987. Laurer has 25 patents and numerous awards to his name, including the Raleigh, N.C. Inventor of the Year 1976, and the IBM Corporate Technical Achievement Award for his work on the UPC code. Laurer now lives in Wendell, North Carolina

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