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Louis Moyroud, who developed phototypesetting, dies at 96

June 30, 2010 |  6:25 pm

French-born Louis Moyroud, 96, the co-inventor of the process of phototypesetting, which helped revolutionize the printing process, died of natural causes Monday at his home in Delray Beach, Fla., said his son, Patrick.

Moyroud and Rene Higonnet developed the first practical phototypesetting machine named the Photon. They first demonstrated the process in 1946.

Typists would copy material into a machine. It used photography to generate sheets of paper that could be used to make plates for offset printing.

The process eventually replaced the use of metal type on printers.

Moyroud was born in Moirans, France, in 1914. He immigrated to the United States in the late 1940s after World War II.

-- Associated Press