The Great Scot who invented the ATM and the Personal Identification Number (PIN)

James Goodfellow OBE (born 1937 in Paisley, Renfrewshire) is a Scottish inventor. In 1966, he patented Personal Identification Number (PIN) technology, and the Automatic Cash Dispenser.
He was a development engineer given the project of developing an automatic cash dispenser in 1965. His system accepted a machine readable encrypted card, with a numerical PIN keypad.

In 2006, Goodfellow was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his invention of the Personal Identification Number. 

2 thoughts on “The Great Scot who invented the ATM and the Personal Identification Number (PIN)”

  1. Yet another Scot’s genius not given anything like the recognition he deserves from our English controlled media. I’ve just added Great Scots Foundation to my favourites so that I can remind people from time to time just what a proud history of invention and innovation we have.

    I also have a favourites folder for recent Scottish breakthroughs and inventions.

    1. That reminds me I came across a really unique Scottish education site which uses accelerated learning – aka wholebrain learning apparently – to help dyslexic students and those with learning difficulties overcome their school problems.

      Amazingly despite being a Scottish site there has been a lot of press, radio and even TV:

      Worth a look if you have dyslexia in your circle.

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