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Ken Perlin

AKA Kenneth Perlin

Born: c. 1957

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Scientist, Computer Programmer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Perlin noise

Computer scientist. System architect for 3D software Synthavision, which was used to produce some of the computer animation used in TRON (1982). Developed a technique of calculating turbulence now called Perlin noise, which is used extensively in motion picture computer graphics to produce realistic fractal textures and lighting effects.

    University: BA Theoretical Mathematics, Harvard University (1979)
    University: MS Computer Science, New York University (1984)
    University: PhD Computer Science, New York University (1984)
    Professor: Computer Science, Media Research Laboratory, New York University (1987-)
    Administrator: Director, Center for Advanced Technology, New York University (1994-2004)
    Administrator: Director, Games for Learning Institute, New York University (2008-)

    R/GA Head of Software Development (1984-87)
    Mathematical Applications Group Research scientist, Synthavision (1979-84)
    Association for Computing Machinery Board of Directors, SIGGRAPH
    New York Software Industry Association Board of Directors
    Oscar Technical Achievement Award (1997)
    ACM/SIGGRAPH Computer Achievement Award 2008

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