Uninhibited self-taught, brilliant and whimsical inventor, iconoclastic writer, poet full of humor and free thinker ... Roland Moreno is an atypical figure of the French and international techno-economic landscape
In 1968, journalist Gérard Sire interviewed Moreno.
On March 25th, 1974, he filed the first patent for an "electronic payment chip" - a personalized and portable integrated micro-circuit memory.
With the use of a simple code, it guaranteed "simple and secure" information exchange with an off-the-shelf terminal.
Moreno filed 43 patents to protect his brainchild.
Moreno bragged that he could stop anyone on the streets of Paris and they'd be carrying at least three examples of his chip card invention.
Today, the invention is used for contactless transport cards, ID cards, driving licenses and sim cards.
His curiosity for technology and keenness for experimentation surely played a part in his journey to becoming a life-changing inventor.
France 2 is making a documentary about Roland Moreno.
"Roland Moreno, the journey of a gifted man" (1998).
Thanks to Marianne & Julia Moreno for telling us about their father's wonderful adventures, and thanks to Blaise Lavigne for providing us with such beautiful pictures.