A University of Utah engineering professor and a Salt Lake-based electronics retailer have been picked to receive 1988 Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Thomas G. Stockham Jr., a professor of electrical engineering, and Broadcast Television Systems Inc., a joint company of Bosch and Philips, will receive the awards next month.The two Utah recipients were chosen from among top competitors worldwide, and among seven receiving awards in the technical category.
The selection of Stockham and Broadcast Television Systems (BTS) was announced by John Cannon, academy president, who said each recipient's accomplishments "merit the highest recognition from all professionals in television and its allied fields.
"It is impossible to ever overemphasize the intrinsic importance of their scientific and engineering achievements," he said.
Stockman is being recognized for pioneering the development of digital sound recording. In 1975, he founded Soundstream Inc., which developed digital commercial sound recording and led to its establishment as an industrywide practice.
The resulting accumulation of more than 100 digitally recorded albums by early 1981 led to development of the compact disc.
As a natural offshoot of the digital recording process, Stockham directed the development of a high-speed, random access, computer-based tape editing system that allows faster and higher-quality editing.
Stockham has won numerous other awards, including the 1987 Audio Engineering Society Gold Medal and the 1985 Alexander M. Poniatoff Gold Medal for Technical Excellence from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stockham has been active for nearly three decades in the fields of electrical engineering, computer science and audio engineering.
BTS will be recognized for "Technical Achievement in 3D Computer Graphics Technology."
The company introduced the FGS-4000 computer animation system in 1983, the first turnkey animation system to be marketed to the teleproduction industry.
Since that time, BTS has pursued hardware and software features expanding the capabilities of the FGS animation network.