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John Turner Whitted

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  • John Turner Whitted is an electrical engineer and computer scientist who introduced recursive ray tracing to the computer graphics community with his 1979 paper ""An improved illumination model for shaded display"". Simple recursive implementations of ray tracing are still occasionally referred to as Whitted-style ray tracing. In December 1983, Whitted co-founded computer graphics technology firm Numerical Design Limited (NDL) with Dr. Robert Whitton. Whitted would serve as president and technical director at NDL until 1996, and continue as a director of the company until NDL's merger with Emergent Game Technologies in 2005. He later worked at Microsoft Research, and in 2014 joined NVidia Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering[10] and was awarded the Steven Anson …