Author: Ed Catmull
Ed Catmull is a computer scientist and former president of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He was born on March 31, 1945, in West Virginia, United States. Catmull is widely recognized for his contributions to the field of computer graphics, particularly in the area of computer animation. Catmull co-founded Pixar in 1986 along with Alvy Ray Smith and Steve Jobs. Under his leadership, Pixar became renowned for its groundbreaking advancements in computer-generated imagery (CGI) and storytelling. In addition to his work at Pixar, Catmull also played a pivotal role in the revitalization of Walt Disney Animation Studios after Disney's acquisition of Pixar in 2006. As the president of both studios, he oversaw the successful release of movies like "Frozen," "Zootopia," and "Moana." Throughout his career, Catmull has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the film industry and computer graphics. In 2019, he was awarded the Turing Award, often referred to as the Nobel Prize of Computing, for his pioneering work in computer-generated imagery and digital animation.