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Grandfather of the barcode dies at 91

N. Joseph Woodland, who in a moment of serendipity arrived at the idea for the now-ubiquitous barcode while sitting in the sand at Miami Beach, passed away at his home in Edgewater, N.J. on Sunday. He was 91. Patented 60 years ago, Woodland's idea of encoding numbers as a pattern akin to Morse code would soon be used everywhere from grocery stores to manufacturing lines.

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