George Joseph Laurer (born September 23, 1925 in New York, NY)
developed the Universal Product Code, commonly known as the barcode,
in 1973. As an engineer at IBM, he was asked to develop the pattern
used for the Universal Product Code.
A 36-year veteran of the International Business Machines Corporation
(IBM) who retired in June 1987, George Laurer is the holder of 25
patents. He is also the author of 20 published Technical Disclosure
During his career,
1 666 controversy 2 Published journal articles 3 References 4 External links
Universal Product Code
Answer- Yes, they do RESEMBLE the code for a six. An even parity 6 is:
1 module wide black bar 1 module wide white space 1 module wide black bar 4 module wide white space
There is nothing sinister about this nor does it have anything to do with the Bible's "mark of the beast" (The New Testament, The Revelation, Chapter 13, paragraph 18). It is simply a coincidence like the fact that my first, middle, and last name all have 6 letters. There is no connection with an international money code either.
Published journal articles
David Savir, George J. Laurer: "The Characteristics and Decodability
of the Universal Product Code".
^ Bar Codes - The History of Bar Code About.com ^ QUESTIONS about the U.P.C. and the New Testament Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine.
George J. Laurer's personal web site. Innovation Hall of Fame Inductees, Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland in 1991. Alumni UMD Hall Of Fa