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Lipton Earns Lifetime 3D Achievement Award

27 Jan, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

Lenny Lipton

Former RealD chief technology officer Lenny Lipton will be honored with the International 3D Society’s Century Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 3D Creative Arts Awards Show on Feb. 9.

Avatar producer Jon Landau will present the award.

“Lenny has been a true pioneer in the booming industry of 3D and he has been a great addition to the International 3D Society,” said Buzz Hays, chairman for the International 3D Society and executive stereoscopic 3D producer at the Sony 3D Technology Center.

Lipton founded StereoGraphics International in 1980 and has been granted 50 patents with another 50 pending. In 1996, he received a Smithsonian Award for his invention of CrystalEyes, the first shuttering eyewear product for stereoscopic 3D displays, and he’s also credited with the invention of the first flicker-free field-sequential 3D display, the basis for much of the current stereoscopic video in theaters today. Outside of 3D, he’s best known for writing the lyrics to the song “Puff the Magic Dragon” when he was a 19-year-old Cornell University student.

“Lenny Lipton has spent his life imagining 3D’s potential and then inventing it,” said Jim Chabin, president and CEO of the International 3D Society.

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