Land’s name appears on 533 US patents, second only to Thomas Edison’s 1,093. He led the company as CEO for 43 years during its transformation from a small research and marketing firm into one of the hottest high-tech companies ever. Land rarely compromised.
“Land is like a bear,” said former Polaroid executive Peter Wensberg. “You can admire the bear. You can do things with the bear. But you have to be very careful not to be eaten by the bear.”
Pictured: The Polaroid Model 95A, one of the earliest "Picture-in-a-Minute" cameras pioneered by Land.