Norman Joseph Woodland dies: Inventor of the bar code dead at 91

Man who revolutionized the checkout counter with invention of the bar code – scanned five-billion times a day – dies, 91Norman Joseph Woodland died on Sunday in his New Jersey home after suffering Alzheimer's diseaseOriginal 1952 patent for bar code favoured a circle – allowing scan from any directionPatent sold for $15,000 making the most ever earned by Woodland or co-inventor | UPDATED: 11:01 GMT, 14 December 2012 Modern day inventor: N. Joseph Woodland, co-inventor with Bernard Silver of the bar code that labels nearly every product in stores today, died on Sunday at the age of 91 Scanned more than five million times a day, instantaneously encoding product data while boosting work production, it was with Norman Joseph Woodland's fingers in the sand that he first invented the revolutionizing bar code.