| Computer researcher|
| December 10, 1952 (age 63) (1952-12-10) |
Cornell University (1981), Duke University (1973)
Academy Scientific and Engineering Award, Academy Scientific and Technical Award (Award of Merit)
Loren Carpenter, Edwin Catmull, Pat Hanrahan, Alvy Ray Smith, John Lasseter
United States of America
Robert L. Cook Wikipedia
Robert L. "Rob" Cook (December 10, 1952) is a computer graphics researcher and developer, and the co-creator of the RenderMan rendering software. His contributions are considered to be highly influential in the field of animated arts. Cook was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and educated at Duke University and Cornell University. While at Cornell, Cook worked with Donald P. Greenberg.
B.S. in physics, 1973, Duke University, N.C.
M.S. in computer graphics, 1981, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y
Robert Cook was involved with Lucasfilm and later had the position as Vice President of Software Engineering at Pixar Animation Studios. In November 2016, he became the Commissioner of the Technology Transformation Service of the U.S. General Services Administration1987, ACM SIGGRAPH Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the fields of computer graphics and visual effects.
1992, Scientific and Engineering Award for the development of "RenderMan" software which produces images used in motion pictures from 3D computer descriptions of shape and appearance.
1999, Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.
2000, Academy Award of Merit (Oscar) for significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering as exemplified in Pixar's RenderMan. Their broad professional influence in the industry continues to inspire and contribute to the advancement of computer-generated imagery for motion pictures.
GATF InterTech Award
MacWorld World Class Award
Seybold Award for Excellence
2009, The Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics
2009, Elected to the National Academy of Engineering