David Grafton, a pioneering designer of lenses for optical effects printers, has finally received his long-due, well-deserved recognition. He has been voted to receive this year’s scientific and technical Oscar. He is expected to receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar statuette, at the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Dinneron Feb. 9, two weeks before the Academy Awards show.
Highly regarded by his contemporaries, Easton, Maryland resident, David Grafton is distinguished by his unparalleled skills and impeccable style. His contemporary art rendering of classical landscape subject matter creates images of universal art appeal. With his magic fingers, he brings out hitherto dimensions of landscapes.
David Grafton’s works adorn many private and corporate collections in over twenty-five states, England, Germany, Canada, and Norway.
David Grafton, 83, has had a dream career, in the course of which designed electro-optical systems for companies like IBM, NCR, EG&G and Xerox for more than 30 years after he immigrated to the United States in 1953 from Britain. He carved a niche for himself as a consultant in the movie industry in the 1970s.
Grafton specialises in highly specialized lenses for optical effects printers which enable the seamless blending of multiple images from different sources. He has given the motion picture industry a reason to be proud, ensuring unbeatable picture clarity. Movies like Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Blade Runner owe a lot of their fame to the special effects created by David.
He was honored with the two Scientific and Engineering Academy Awards respectively in 1980 and 1986 for his electro-optical designs for the movie industry, owing to his technological contributions.
We offer David Grafton our heartfelt congratulations and warmest wishes on his grand success!
Source: English people’s Daily Online