Richard Shoup (programmer)

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Richard Shoup is an American computer scientist and entrepreneur who is mainly known from his pioneering work on computer graphics and animation. He is from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, but currently resides in San Jose, California.[1] In 1973, while working as one of the first employees at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, he built SuperPaint, one of the first image editing programs.[2][3] He worked closely with Pixar cofounder Alvy Ray Smith on this. In 1979, he co-founded Aurora Systems, a now-defunct company that was an early producer of digital animation hardware and software. He is currently an associate at the Boundary Institute for the Study of Foundations, a non-profit organisation that is involved in research into physical sciences and parapsychology.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Personal bio on the Boundary Institute website
  2. ^ Shoup, Richard. The SuperPaint System (1973-1979), available on Richard Shoup's home page, consulted on 16 September 2011
  3. ^ Shoup, Richard. 2001. SuperPaint: An early frame buffer graphics system. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 23(2), 32-37 (Download article)