Larry Hornbeck is the inventor of the Digital Micromirror Device, an array of up to two-million hinged microscopic aluminum mirrors on a silicon chip.
Born in St. Louis, Hornbeck received a Ph.D. in physics from Case Western Reserve University in 1974. He joined TI in 1973 and invented the DMD in 1987 after struggling for a decade to perfect analog micromirrors. He holds a series of patents that form the foundation for DMD technology, including the first practical methods for manufacturing high-density arrays of micromirrors on an integrated circuit. Among his many accolades, Hornbeck received an Emmy Award in 1998 from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.