Edwin Catmull

American computer scientist and former president of Pixar

Edwin Earl Catmull (born March 31, 1945) is an American computer scientist. He is the current president of Pixar (a company he co-founded) and Walt Disney Animation Studios.[1][2][3] As a computer scientist, Catmull has work on many important developments in computer graphics.[4][5] He was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia.[6]

Catmull in 2010

In October 2018, Catmull announced his plans to retire from Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Animation Studios, staying on as an adviser through July 2019.[7] And in 2019, he won Turing Award for his work.


  1. Cook, R. L.; Carpenter, L.; Catmull, E. (1987). "The Reyes image rendering architecture" (PDF). ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics. 21 (4): 95–102. doi:10.1145/37402.37414. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  2. Price, David P. T. (2009). The Pixar Touch (Vintage). London: Vintage. ISBN 978-0-307-27829-6.
  3. Michael Rubin, "Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution" (2005), ISBN 0-937404-67-5
  4. Edwin E. Catmull at DBLP Bibliography Server  
  5. List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  6. "Parkersburg, West Virginia". City-Data.com. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  7. "Pixar Co-Founder Ed Catmull to Retire". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-10-23.