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Pat Cole

  • All
  • software engineer
  • pioneer
  • academic
  • research
  • conference
  • ACM
  • Pat worked with Jim Blinn at JPL in the late 1970s and then joined the Computer Graphics Project at Lucasfilm under Alvy Ray Smith in the early 1980s. While there she contributed to The Genesis Demo shot in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). She then joined HP. She was probably in her mid 20s at JPL, for an approximate birth year of 1955.

  • "This year, Pat Cole did a film and video retrospective of earlier computer graphics films. I think is interesting that, even in 1979, there was enough stuff and enough interest in the history to put together retrospectives, even then." - Jim Blinn

  • SIGGRAPH retrospective

    "This year, Pat Cole did a film and video retrospective of earlier computer graphics films. I think is interesting that, even in 1979, there was enough stuff and enough interest in the history to put together retrospectives, even then." - Jim Blinn

  • Pat was Conference Chair for SIGGRAPH 1985

  • SIGGRAPH Conference Chair

    Pat was Conference Chair for SIGGRAPH 1985

  • "She was the chairman of Siggraph in 1985, she worked at NASA in wind tunnel research, then at JPL with Jim Blinn on early computer graphics, she was a major creative at HP for years before her health forced her to retire. She was truly one of the most intelligent people I've ever known. She graduated first in her class in Mathematics from William and Mary University as an example. But she was worldly smart and just a great person ...

  • Memories from Richard Taylor

    "She was the chairman of Siggraph in 1985, she worked at NASA in wind tunnel research, then at JPL with Jim Blinn on early computer graphics, she was a major creative at HP for years before her health forced her to retire. She was truly one of the most intelligent people I've ever known. She graduated first in her class in Mathematics from William and Mary University as an example. But she was worldly smart and just a great person to know and to work with.  She was a catalyst in the computer graphics world back in the early days (70's – 80's) and an all around supporter of the arts. " - Richard Taylor