Pat Hanrahan will receive the Steven A. Coons Award at SIGGRAPH 2003. The award recognizes "Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics". He worked at the Lucasfilm Graphics Group where he was one of the chief architects of RenderMan.
Pat Hanrahan worked as a graphics researcher at NYIT, along Ed Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith. He soon joined them at the Lucasfilm Graphics Group and became one of the chief architects of the RenderMan Interface and developed volume rendering too. He became one of the Pixar founders when the Graphics Group was spun off and sold to Steve Jobs in 1986. He was one of the recipients of a Sci-Tech Award (1992) for the development of RenderMan (along with Loren Carpenter, Rob Cook, Ed Catmull, Tom Porter, Tony Apodaca, and Darwyn Peachey). He eventually left Pixar and went back to Academia, first to Princeton and then to Stanford where he currently is. In 1993 he received an Academy Award for Science and Technology, the Spirit of America Creativity Award, the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and received the Canon USA Professorship.He continues to be at the forefront of CG research and is the coauthor of an incredible 4 accepted papers at SIGGRAPH 2003. You can check his research at his Stanford web page: