Kees Immink

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<p>From Wikipedia:</p> <p><strong>Kornelis Antonie</strong>&nbsp;(<strong>Kees</strong>)&nbsp;<strong>Schouhamer Immink</strong>&nbsp;(born 18 December 1946) is a&nbsp;<a title="Netherlands" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands">Dutch</a>&nbsp;scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur, who pioneered and advanced the era of digital audio, video, and data recording, including popular digital media such as&nbsp;<a class="mw-redirect" title="Compact Disc" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_Disc">Compact Disc</a>,&nbsp;<a title="DVD" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD">DVD</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a class="mw-redirect" title="Blu-ray Disc" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc">Blu-ray Disc</a>.&nbsp;He has been a prolific and influential engineer, who holds more than 1100 U.S. and international patents.&nbsp;A large portion of the commonly used audio and video playback and recording devices use technologies based on his work.&nbsp;His contributions to coding systems assisted the digital video and audio revolution, by enabling reliable data storage at information densities previously unattainable.<sup id="cite_ref-edison_3-1" class="reference"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kees_Schouhamer_Immink#cite_note-edison-3"><br /></a></sup></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Immink received several tributes that summarize the impact of his contributions to the digital audio and video revolution. Among the accolades received are the&nbsp;<a title="IEEE Medal of Honor" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_Medal_of_Honor">IEEE Medal of Honor</a>&nbsp;"for pioneering contributions to video, audio, and data recording technology, including compact disc, DVD, and Blu-ray", the&nbsp;<a class="mw-redirect" title="Edison Medal" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edison_Medal">Edison Medal</a>&nbsp;and an individual Technology Emmy award by the&nbsp;<a title="National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Academy_of_Television_Arts_and_Sciences">National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences</a>&nbsp;(NATAS).&nbsp;<sup id="cite_ref-4" class="reference"></sup><a title="Beatrix of the Netherlands" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrix_of_the_Netherlands">Beatrix</a>,&nbsp;<a title="Queen regnant" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_regnant">Queen</a>&nbsp;of the&nbsp;<a title="Netherlands" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands">Netherlands</a>&nbsp;bestowed him a knighthood in 2000.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Currently, Immink holds the position of president of Turing Machines Inc, which was founded in 1998. During his career, Immink, in addition to his practical contributions, has contributed to&nbsp;<a title="Information theory" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_theory">information theory</a>.&nbsp;He wrote over 120 articles and four books, including&nbsp;<em>Codes for Mass Data Storage Media</em>.&nbsp;He has been an adjunct professor at the&nbsp;<a title="Institute for Experimental Mathematics" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_for_Experimental_Mathematics">Institute for Experimental Mathematics</a>,&nbsp;<a class="mw-redirect" title="University of Duisburg and Essen" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Duisburg_and_Essen">University of Duisburg and Essen</a>,&nbsp;<a title="Germany" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany">Germany</a>, since 1994, as well as affiliated with the&nbsp;<a title="National University of Singapore" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_University_of_Singapore">National University of Singapore</a>&nbsp;(NUS) as a visiting professor since 1997.</p>



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