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Honorary Membership and the Honor Roll

Honorary Membership is the Society’s highest accolade. It recognizes individuals who have performed distinguished service in the advancement of engineering in motion pictures, television, or in the allied arts and sciences. Honorary Members who have passed away are named to the SMPTE Honor Roll, which also posthumously recognizes individuals who were not awarded Honorary Membership during their lifetimes but whose contributions would have been sufficient to warrant such an honor.

2022 Inductees - Ang Lee and Charles H. Jablonski

2022 honorary member lee ang

Honorary membership is conferred upon Ang Lee in recognition of his extensive pioneering innovation in deployment of new technologies to enhance theatrical storytelling. In particular, Lee’s use of advanced technologies such as 3D and Higher Frame Rates in the films Life of Pi, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and Gemini Man exemplify his creative use of new technologies to effectively draw viewers further into the story and the characters' emotional states.




2022 honorary member jablonski charlieHonorary Membership is conferred upon Charles H. Jablonski in recognition of his decades of pushing the state-of-the-art in entertainment production and distribution, as well as his service to the education and mentorship of young entertainment engineers. He has played key roles in establishing the use of new technologies at the Olympics, in transitioning television operations and transmission from analog to digital processes, and in working with start-ups to advance and enhance the quality of content for the consumer experience. As a Fellow and recognized leader of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Jablonski has served in a variety of Section and Board roles including President (1999-2000) and continues to champion the education of the entertainment industry and provide support to those entering the industry with new ideas and ambition.



SMPTE Honorary Members

Christopher J. Cookson(2021)

Peter Jackson (2021)

David Sarnoff (2021)

John L.E. Baldwin (2000)

Stanley N. Baron (2010)

James Cameron (2016)

Leonardo Chiariglione (2014)

Ian Childs (2010)

Richard Edlund (2020)

Reed Hasitngs (2020)

Paul Kellar (2019)

George Lucas (2014)

Masahiko Morizono (1994)

John D. Ross (2020)

Michael J. Sherlock (1997)

William H. Smith (1998)

Roderick Snell (2019)

Charles A. Steinberg (2018)

Laurence J. Thorpe (2015)

Roland J. Zavada (1995)

The Honor Roll

Victor H. Allen (1975)

Charles E. Anderson (2012)

Thomas Armat (1935)

John Logie Baird (2014)

Joseph Arthur Ball (1953)

Julius Barnathan (1997)

K. Blair Benson (1991)

Walter Bruch (1989)

Marvin C. Camras (1990)

John C. Capstaff (1955)

Theodore W. Case (1946)

George W. Colburn (1987)

Jeofry Stuart Courtney-Pratt (1974)

John I. Crabtree (1965)

Edward B. Craft (1946)

Andre Debrie (1955)

LeRoy E. DeMarsh (1999)

Herman A. DeVry (1941)

W. K. L. Dickson (1933)    

Walt Disney (1955)

Ray M. Dolby (1992)

Linwood G. Dunn (1984)

George Eastman (1928)

Harold E. Edgerton (1968)

Thomas Alva Edison (1928)

Elmer W. Engstron (1966)

Alexander Ernemann (1956)

Ralph M. Evans (1973)

Philo Taylor Farnsworth (1996)

Joseph A. Flaherty (1993)

Harvey Fletcher (1959)

Charles R. Fordyce (1984)

Lee de Forest (1940)

John G. Frayne (1967)

William Friese-Greene (1931)

Leon Gaumont (1946)

Charles P. Ginsberg (1976)

Peter C. Goldmark (1977)

Alfred N. Goldsmith (1961)

Oscar B. Hanson (2015)

Wesley T. Hanson, Jr. (1979)    

Albert S. Howell (1941) 

Frederick Eugene Ives (1928)

C. Francis Jenkins (1926)

Herbert T. Kalmus (1958)

Edward W. Kellogg (1950)

Stefan Kudelski (1988)

Eugene Augustin Lauste (1931)

Louis A. A. Le Prince (1931)

Jean Acme LeRoy (1931)

Nathan Levinson (1953)

Louis Lumiere (1928)

Kenneth M. Mason (1981)

John A. Maurer (1978)

Renville “Ren” H. McMann Jr.​ (2017)

C.E. Kenneth Mees (1957)

Pierre Mertz (1971)

Oskar Messter (1960)

George A. Mitchell (1971)

Albert Narath (1969)

Robert W. Paul (1937)

Edwin S. Porter (1941)

Kerns H. Powers (1995)

Frederick M. Remley Jr. (1991)

Frank H. Richardson (1944)

Robert Richter (1972)

Rodger J. Ross (1989)

Loren L. Ryder (1980)

Max Skladanowsky (1970)

Robert M. Smith (1996)

Sidney P. Solow (1981)

Earl I. Sponable (1957)

Kenjiro Takayanagi (1988)

Lloyd Thompson (1962)

Alexander F. Victor (1964)

Samuel L. Warner (1946)

William T. Wintringham (1977)

Irwin Young (2015)

Vladimir K. Zworykin (1950)