On this day in science history: 17 June

From the days of ancient technology to modern science - find out what happened on this day in the history of science.

17th June 2017
On this day in science history: 17 June © Joyce Dopkeen/New York Times Co./Getty Images

© Joyce Dopkeen/New York Times Co./Getty Images

1970 - Polaroid camera patented

Edwin Land patents designs for the Polaroid camera. After briefly attending Harvard University he established his own laboratory to study light polarization. The lab became the Polaroid Corporation in 1937 and later introduces its famous camera. “I could see what the Polaroid camera should be,” he said. “It was just as real to me as if it was sitting in front of me before I had ever built one.”

Listen: Witness - The Polaroid Instant Camera

1950 - First human kidney transplant

Dr. Richard H. Lawler takes only 45 minutes to complete the first human kidney transplant at Little Company of Mary Hospital, Illinois.

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