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John Meyer

John Meyer
John Meyer

With October being Pastor Appreciation Month in the US and Canada, it’s nice to hear that one of our own elders has been honored for an achievement that has global impact.

If you know John Meyer who lives in Tracy, California, you know him as an interesting, yet humble servant. What you may not know is that John, now retired, has played a significant role in developing a technology that affects literally billions of people around the world.

Originally from New Zealand, John earned a degree in physics before entering Ambassador College in Bricket Wood, England. In his junior year at AC, he was assigned to work in the college press. At the time, The Plain Truth magazine was just beginning to use color pictures. The press manager asked John to develop the best color separation methods available. While doing so, John came to recognize the limitations of existing methods, which were cumbersome and time consuming. John envisioned a process by which color photographs could be electronically scanned and displayed on a television screen then adjusted to appear as they would when printed. We take this process for granted now—many of us do it routinely on our own computers. But in 1966 this technology did not exist—John was well ahead of his time.

After graduating from AC, John went on to get his Ph.D. in physics and to begin a career at Hewlett Packard Labs where he played a major role in developing the technology that turned his vision into practical reality.

The digital photography revolution came about when a low-cost option for consumers to print out their pictures at home became available. John played a leading role in this revolution by helping to develop thermal ink jet printing and helping solve color communication problems that carried over into the camera domain. These advances resulted in the rapid adoption of digital photography.

John remembers his 28-year career at HP Labs as a wonderful adventure in realizing what was once a rather fanciful vision. His pioneering work revolutionized printing and radically changed the way we take photographs.

Davies medalLast September, the Royal Photographic Society in England recognized John’s achievements by awarding him the prestigious Davies medal. This medal is awarded for significant contributions in the digital field of imaging science.

On a personal note, John says, “I see this as a blessing from God in that I left physics to come to AC; and, with my wife’s encouragement, returned to complete my graduate degree, such that when I was looking for a job there was a company called Hewlett Packard that was looking to employ someone who knew both printing and physics. Everything that I had turned away from, God gave back to me tenfold.”

For further details about the Davies medal, click here.

10 thoughts on “John Meyer”

  1. Congratulations John!
    I’m reminded of the time we spent discussing some of your skills and knowledge of physics during the C&B Conference in Ontario. It kept me spell bound for almost 2 hours as we talked.
    Hello to Sharie

  2. Well, it has been a long time since our Print Shop days in Watford, hasn’t it. Always knew you were brilliant, but now this proves it! All the best to you and Sharon.

  3. Congrats again, John! We are proud of you in our district. Thanks for all the support, Sharie.

  4. Hi John,
    Great to hear about you! I have fond memories of being your lab assistant back in 1974/75.


  5. John, it seems a life-time since we worked together in the press in the late ’60s. I was fascinated by the write-up on your contribution to a technology that affects us all. Congratulations on a well-deserved recognition for your work.

  6. Well done, John–now its nice to hear “the rest of the story.” I’ll pass this on to Roger Lippross who will be delighted–old Wtaford Press men never die…

  7. Hey John,
    yes its a far cry from our days at the press in Watford. I well remember the days working together in the dark room and also laying down those 4 large sheets of film that enbled us to eventually print in 4 colors. Great to have worked with you then and now in gospel work.

  8. Hello John. It pleases us all that God has used and is using your life and gifts in such amazing ways. Congratulations on your award and your work.

  9. John, that is great news. I am delighted to hear of the medal and your research success. So much has happened to both of us since we were at Pasadena together and your last sentence says it all! God’s grace is matchless.

  10. Hi John! I was a student of yours at Ambassador College many years ago and remain deeply affected by your teaching. Congratulations on your very significant award. I would be honored to hear from you some day.

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