And the Oscar Goes To...
Date of birth: 7 February 1947
Birthplace: Brighton, Mich.
Family: wife Rachel, one child, aged 31
Education: B.S. in mathematics, 1974;M.S. in computer science, 1976, both from the University of Washington, Seattle
Graduate project: a new rendering algorithm for a very small machine
Key technical contributions: the A-buffer hidden surface algorithm, the rules to make procedural modeling practical, the midpoint subdivision method for rendering fractals
What he wanted to do when he grew up: "Something that nobody had ever done before"
First job: greenskeeper's assistant at a golf course
First technical job: computer operator for Boeing
Present job: senior scientist at Pixar Animation Studios (known as Lucasfilm when he joined it in 1981)
Computer: Silicon Graphics Octane (office), Dell Pentium 3 (home), Sony Vaio (laptop)
Favorite Web sites: cnn.com, drudgereport.com, google.com, http://mars. jpl.nasa.gov/mgs/index.html, http://near.jhuapl.edu/, and http://antwrp.gsfc. nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Most recent book read: Deepness in the Sky (science fiction)
Favorite restaurant: Guaymas, in Tiberon, Calif.
Favorite movies: the original Star Wars, The Day the Earth Stood Still
Biggest career surprise: "When my first fractal mountain came up on the screen"
Leisure activities: walking on a wild beach
Car: BMW 330 Coupe
License plate: QUBIT (A qubit is a quantum bit)
Organizational Memberships: ACM Siggraph
Most meaningful awards: The Oscar, the Siggraph Achievement Award