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ACM Fellow Ed Catmull Garners an Oscar For Computer Graphics Leadership

February 25, 2009



The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored ACM Fellow Ed Catmull for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics. Catmull, a computer scientist, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, received an Oscar for the Gordon E. Sawyer Award at the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation. In 1995, Catmull was made a Fellow of ACM for "his many and noteworthy advances in computer graphics as an individual researcher, as an inspiring leader in the field, as a director of organizations, and as a mentor for many." During his career Catmull founded the computer graphics laboratory at the New York Institute of Technology, the computer division of Lucasfilm, and Pixar Animation Studios. In 2000, Catmull and his team received an Academy Award of Merit for their advancements in motion picture rending for Pixar's "RenderMan." Catmull also has received two Scientific and Engineering Awards from the Academy, and shared a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy in 2005.

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