Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Edwin Earl (Ed) Catmull
Born: March 31, 1945, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA
- Computer scientist.
- President of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios (2013).
- Known for work with texture mapping, Catmull–Rom spline and Catmull–Clark subdivision surface.
- Invented algorithms for spatial anti-aliasing and refining subdivision surfaces.
- Independently discovered Z-buffering.
- Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (2014).
- How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity (2009).
- To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios (2007).
Honors and awards
- Gordon E. Sawyer Award (2008).
- IEEE John von Neumann Medal (2006).
- Oscar "for significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering as exemplified in Pixar's RenderMan." (2001)..
- Academy Scientific and Technical Award (1996).
- Inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (1995).
- Academy Award (1993).
"If you give a good idea to a mediocre group, they'll screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a good group, they'll fix it."