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Nationality  American
Fields  Computer Science
Role  Computer researcher
Name  Robert Cook

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Born  December 10, 1952 (age 63) (1952-12-10)
Education  Cornell University (1981), Duke University (1973)
Awards  Academy Scientific and Engineering Award, Academy Scientific and Technical Award (Award of Merit)
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Residence  United States of America

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
  • Career

    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 Administration


  • 1987, 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
  • References

    Robert L. Cook Wikipedia

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