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 64)
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. In November 2016, he became the commissioner of the Technology Transformation Service of the US General Services Administration[1]



  1. ^ "Former Pixar Exec Rob Cook Named GSA Tech Transformation Service Chief". ExecutiveGov. 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  2. ^ "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.