Robert L. Cook

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Robert L. Cook
Robert Cook at Stanford University, February 2010
Born (1952-12-10) December 10, 1952 (age 63)
Residence U.S.
Nationality American
Fields Computer science

Robert L. Cook (December 10, 1952) is a computer graphics researcher and developer, and the co-creator of the RenderMan rendering software. His contributions are considered to be highly influential in the field of animated arts[citation needed]. Cook was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and educated at Duke University and Cornell University. While at Cornell, Cook worked with Donald P. Greenberg.


  • B.S. in physics, 1973, Duke University, N.C.
  • M.S. in computer graphics, 1981, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y


Robert Cook was involved with Lucasfilm and later had the position as Vice President of Software Engineering at Pixar Animation Studios. He is now retired and living in San Francisco, California with his wife and son.


  • 1987, ACM SIGGRAPH Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the fields of computer graphics and visual effects.
  • 1999, Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[1]
  • 2001, Academy Award of Merit (Oscar) "for significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering as exemplified in Pixar's RenderMan."
  • GATF InterTech Award
  • MacWorld World Class Award
  • Seybold Award for Excellence
  • 2009, The Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics


  1. ^ "Robert L Cook". ACM Fellows. ACM. 1999. Retrieved 2010-01-23. Cook invented Monte-Carlo rendering methods for antialiasing, motion blur, depth-of-field, glossy reflections, and translucency. Cook pioneered shading languages and physics-based shading, and co-authored the Renderman software.