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Robert L. Cook
is a computer graphics
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researcher and developer, and the co-creator of the RenderMan rendering
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. Cook was born in Knoxville, Tennessee
Founded in 1786, Knoxville is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, U.S.A., behind Memphis and Nashville, and is the county seat of Knox County. It is the largest city in East Tennessee, and the second-largest city in the Appalachia region...
and educated at Duke University
Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco industrialist James B...
and Cornell University
Cornell University is an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York, United States. It is a private land-grant university, receiving annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions...
. While at Cornell, Cook worked with Donald P. Greenberg
Donald Peter Greenberg is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Graphics at Cornell University.Greenberg earned his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University, where he played on the tennis and soccer teams and was a member of Tau Delta Phi and the Quill and Dagger society...
. He is now Vice President of Software Engineering
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at Pixar Animation Studios
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- B.S. in physics, 1973, Duke University, N.C.
- M.S. in computer graphics, 1981, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y
- 1987, ACM SIGGRAPH
ACM SIGGRAPH is the New York–based Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. It was founded in 1969 by Andy van Dam ....
Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the fields of computer graphics and visual effects.
- 1999, Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery
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- 2001, Academy Award
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of Merit (Oscar) "for significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering as exemplified in Pixar's RenderMan."
- GATF InterTech Award
- MacWorld World Class Award
- Seybold Award for Excellence
- 2009, The Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics