When it comes to music and movies, sound is such an important factor in our line of business, especially when it comes to experiencing theater-like sound at home. That is why there is a yearly award, called the Masaru Ibuka Award, given out by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), to a deserving individual who has significantly contributed to the field of consumer electronics technology. Check out IEEE's website for more information about the award.
This year's recipient is Tomlinson Holman, an author, a current instructor at the University of Southern California, and once served as chief engineer and technical director at Lucasfilms for over fifteen years. He has several U.S. patents and developed the THX, Home THX, and THX Digital Mastering programs. THX, mainly a quality assurance system, was created so that when a movie is shown in an approved THX theater, the film's soundtrack will sound just as the mastering engineer intended for it to sound.
Holman will receive his award at an upcoming International Consumer Electronics Conference in Las Vegas. More information about the conference can be found at the following link IEEE Conferences.