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Ivan Sutherland
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Ivan E. Sutherland is widely known for his pioneering
contributions. His 1963 MIT PhD thesis, Sketchpad, opened
the field of computer graphics. His 1966 work, with Sproull,
on a head-mounted display anticipated today's virtualreality by 25 years. He co-founded Evans and Sutherland,
which manufactures the most advanced computer image generators
now in use. As head of Computer Science Department of
Caltech he helped make integrated circuit design an
acceptable field of academic study. Dr. Sutherland is on the
boards of several small companies and is a member of the
National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of
Sciences, the ACM and IEEE. He received the ACM's
Turing Award in 1988. He is now Vice President and Fellow
of Sun Microsystems Laboratories in Mountain View, CA, USA.