James Goodfellow

Inventor of the debit card

around 1937
Current Place
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


James Goodfellow OBE is a Scottish inventor. In 1965, he developed Personal Identification Number (PIN) technology, as well as the ATM. Naturally his ATM system accepted a machine readable encrypted PIN enabled card, with a numerical PIN keypad as input. In 2006 Goodfellow was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his invention of the Personal Identification Number.

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