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July 2002

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The Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) has recognized HP Labs researcher Rodney Shaw with an Honorary membership for his "fundamental contributions in pioneering or inventing many of the critical quantitative avenues within the field of imaging science."

Honorary memberships, the society's highest honor, are presented to individuals deemed to have made "outstanding contributions to the advancement of imaging science or engineering." In receiving the membership, Shaw joins such notables as Edwin Land, founder of Polaroid, and Chester Carlson, inventor of electrophotography.

Shaw, who is credited with coining the phrase "Image Science," joined HP Labs in 1994 after serving on the Lab's research board. He has worked extensively in electronic imaging, and specifically in image processing, digital photography and printing, is author of more than a hundred publications areas of science, technology and education and has given more than 50 invited lectures worldiwde. His book, "Image Science," co-authored with Chris Dainty, has become a standard in the field.

He has also played a major role in the advancement of imaging education on two separate continents. In the late 1960s at what is now the University of Westminster, London, he played a leadership role in elevating the subject to degree level. A quarter of a century later, as Director of the Center for Imaging Science, he led the move to establish the Rochester Institute of Technology as a national institution for education in imaging, resulting in PhD accreditation.

Shaw has been an active Society participant over many years, and has previously been honored both as a Fellow and a Senior Member. He served as Editor of the Journal of Imaging Science from 1977 to 1989 and was Vice President for Education during 1987-89.

He has been the recipient of Journal Awards both in Science (1972) and Engineering (1975). In 1990 he was recipient of the Lieven-Gevaert medal in recognition of his fundamental contributions to photographic science, and during 1993-94 was Visiting Lecturer in electronic imaging.

His contributions have not been limited solely to the IS&T. In 1982 he was named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and he played an active role in the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Annual Medical Imaging Conference over a ten-year period commencing in the mid-1980s

For many years, he consulted extensively in industry, and as a tribute, his name was included in all the original scientific papers describing du Pont's Ultra-Vision technology. He has also served on numerous advisory boards and technical committees.

Shaw received his education in the UK, with a bachelor's degree in Physics from Leeds University and a PhD from Cambridge University.

Following terms in both industry and academia, he moved to the U.S. from Europe in 1973, and was employed in the Research Laboratories of Xerox Corporation and later those of the Eastman Kodak Company. He joined the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1986.


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