About Us
The Kodak R&D Retirees Lunch Group meets each fall and each spring. We have been meeting for fifty years. It is a great opportunity to see old friends, enjoy an excellent lunch, and learn interesting information from top Kodak executives and local experts.

The group is open to all retirement eligible professionals who worked in research and development at Kodak and left the company. 

If you are not already on the list and would like to be included in future mailings, let us know. New email address? Let us know that, too!

The steering committee for the group is Gary Einhaus, Nancy Ferris, Gary Fritz, Jim Patton, Liz Patton, Glen Pearson, Bob Shanebrook and Jim Weaver. Gary Einhaus is now the major domo of the group.
Kodak R&D Retirees Lunch Group

Bob Shanebrook's "Making KODAK Film, 2nd Edition" available

The first edition provided a great deal of information that had never been published. Nearly all of the additional information in the new book has never been published. Certainly never gathered together in a comprehensive explanation of film manufacturing.The book includes:
1. History of film base manufacturing including American Film, cellulose nitrate, cellulose acetate, Estar Base and others.
2. Expanded discussion of historic and modern emulsion making processes and equipment.
3. History of coating technology and expanded discussion of curtain coating including photographs of an operating Kodak curtain coater and the thread-up path of Kodak’s Building 38 Film Coating Machine.
4. Expanded description and photographs of finished film configurations and the finishing processes. Of special interest is motion picture film finishing using high speed T-perforators.
5. Detailed descriptions of photographic film image forming mechanisms for black-and-white films, color negative films, Ektachrome Films, and Kodachrome Films.  
6. Technical descriptions and history of Kodak Films that are used for consumer, professional, motion picture, x-ray, micrographic, graphic, aerial, and scientific applications.
7. Description of past and current Kodak Worldwide manufacturing plants, interactions between the plants, and technology transfers.  
8. First-hand description of working in Kodak’s film business in the 1980’s. 
9. Information based on private communications with over 100 photographic experts. 
10. Addition of over 225 photographs and diagrams.
11. Identification of sources of information; over 600 footnoted references.
12. A table of figures and an index to facilitate finding information in the book.

The book is 470 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches and four-color printed on 80-pound gloss paper. It is gloss-film lamination hard-cover bound. Shipping weight is 5 pounds. It was printed and bound in Rochester NY, USA

The price of the book is $125. In addition, there is a $15 shipping charge and sales tax for NY State delivery. If requested, books will be signed by the author.

Check or money order:

Robert Shanebrook
439 Avondale Road
Rochester, NY 14622

International:  All prices in US dollars. I charge what USPS charges for shipping. USPS flat rate shipping is about the same for 1, 2, or 3 books to many countries. Contact me at makingKODAKfilm@yahoo.com

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History of Electrophotography at Kodak Available
Gordon Jarvis was the first researcher at Kodak to work on electrophotography. The man who was there from the beginning wrote a wonderful history of electrophotography at Kodak in 1988. If you worked at Kodak and would like a PDF of this history, click here.
This is a substantial expansion of the first edition. The first edition's 94 pages provided a high level view of the technology used to provide silver halide films. The positive response encouraged me to write a second edition with much more in-depth coverage of the subject. To gather information, I consulted over 100 photographic film experts. This resulted in a 470-page book that includes an additional 225 illustrations and over 600 footnoted references. Check out the website!

Next KRL Retiree Luncheon: Our next lunch will be May or June 2020. The Steering Committee is considering a number of interesting speakers for our 103nd meeting. Stay tuned!


Bob Shanebrook discovers 1962 Booklet on KRL Research Labs

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Kodak Research Retirees Celebrate 100th Meeting

September 27, 2018 marked the 100th meeting of the Kodak Research Retirees. Glenn Matthews spoke on "Weather Satellites" at the first meeting in March 1969. Since then, a wide gamut of renown individuals have addressed the group including seven CEO's and eight CTO's. Here is a complete list of all the programs.
Dr. Joseph F. Bringley is selected by the Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society as 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Dr. Bringley, a native of Rochester, received a B.S. in Chemistry from SUNY Fredonia in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1984. Following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratories in Yorktown Heights, NY, where he worked developing superconductive materials, he joined the Kodak Research Laboratories in 1991. His research at Kodak centered on nanotechnology and medical diagnostic materials for health imaging applications and resulted in commercialization of multiple technologies, including Kodak Computed Radiography. Dr. Bringley’s work resulted in 84 U.S. Patents. In 1999, he was recognized as an Eastman Kodak Distinguished Inventor, and he received the Trivelli-Sheppard Award for technical innovation in 2002.

Dr. Bringley left Eastman Kodak in 2007 to begin his career as an entrepreneur. He founded the biomaterials company Transparent Materials, LLC to apply his expertise in materials science, ceramics, and nanotechnology to the dental and medical markets. His company, located in the Eastman Business Park, has developed and markets multifunctional nanoparticles that are integrated into polymers to provide materials for tooth and bone replacement. These carefully designed composites are stronger, more durable, and improve the biocompatibility of the implant within the patient. The company has developed a unique manufacturing technology, holds several key patents, and continues to innovate within the dental materials industry.

The Rochester ACS Section is pleased to recognize Dr. Bringley for his impressive technical and business achievements that promote the economic development of the Rochester area and its reputation, beginning with George Eastman over 125 years ago, as a center for chemical innovation. The award will be presented at the Rochester ACS Section’s Annual Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, October 15 at the Brook House Restaurant (ticket details at www.rochesteracs.org).

Last KRL Retiree Luncheon: Sujatha Ramanujan, Managing Director of Luminate, talked about the efforts of her startup accelerator in advancing next generation optics, photonics, and imaging enabled companies. 44 people attended the September 24th lunch at Brook-Lea Country Club.