George J. Laurer

American inventor

George Joseph Laurer (September 23, 1925 – December 5, 2019) was an American engineer. He developed the Universal Product Code, commonly known as the barcode, in 1973.[1] As an engineer at IBM, he was asked to develop the pattern used for the Universal Product Code.

George J. Laurer
George Joseph Laurer

(1925-09-23)September 23, 1925
DiedDecember 5, 2019(2019-12-05) (aged 94)
Notable work
Universal Product Code

Laurer died at his home in Wendell, North Carolina on December 5, 2019 at the age of 94.[2]


  1. Bar Codes - The History of Bar Code
  2. "UPC inventor, George Laurer, dies at 94 in his North Carolina home". WTVD. December 9, 2019.

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