As if by magic: Lanny Smoot

Published on: 02/01/2022 8:44 AM



Journeys of Innovation


As if by magic: Lanny Smoot

Lanny Smoot

Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

Lifelong inventor Lanny Smoot holds over 100 patents in multiple fields. Initially an engineer at Bell Laboratories, his early inventions focused on telephonic and fiber optic communication. As a current Disney Research Fellow and Imagineer, Smoot not only uses his creative talent to bring holodecks and lightsabers to life, but also many other fascinating ideas.

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