March Hannah:3-D Graphics Technology


I see there is still a lot of ignorance, pertaining to the Scientific inventions and discoveries of people who aren’t White. Here on Sincere Ignorance, I will be doubling down on Black inventors; some known and others not at all. In fact, it will not be exclusively inventions from people of African descent. I will broaden this out to other ethnic groups as well.

What He Invented: 3-D Graphics Technology Used in Films.

Why It’s Important: Anyone awed by the special effects in the films Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 and The Abyss should thank Chicago-native Marc Hannah. The computer scientist is one of the founders, in 1982, of the software firm Silicon Graphics (now SGI), where the special-effects genius developed 3-D graphics technology that would be used in many Hollywood movies.

-Alanta Blackstar

Hannah created computer programs like Personal IRIS, Indigo, Indigo2, and Indy graphics that were used to create effects for movies like Jurassic Park, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunt for Red October, and Field of Dreams. George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic used Silicon Graphics’ technology to create Terminator 2.

But according to Hannah, all this high-profile business brings in only approximately 15 percent of SGI’s overall revenues. The same 3-D technology is also used in less glamorous fields, by engineering and medical research companies, for example, for tasks ranging from designing cars and airplanes to analyzing gene sequences and creating “designer drugs.” The military even uses SGI’s equipment for visual simulations in its training programs.

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