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David Sarnoff Medal Recipients

The David Sarnoff Medal, established in 1950 and sponsored By SRI International, honors the recipient by recognizing outstanding contributions in the development of new techniques or equipment, which have contributed to the improvement of the engineering phases of television technology, including large venue presentations.


2023 - Michael A. Dolan

Sponsored by SRI International

For his significant contributions development and implementing the ATSC 3.0 digital transmission standard’s IMSC1 IP-based closed-captioning standard, derived from SMPTE Timed Text (SMPTE ST 2052), the FCC Safe Harbor. This installation enabled multi-language captioning as well as hybrid broadband/broadcast delivery. Dolan is also recognized for his work in ATSC, CTA, DASH-IF, EBU, IEC, IETF, INCITS, ISO, ITU, SMPTE, and W3C, as well as his contributions to earlier closed-captioning standards, including CTA-608 and CTA-708.

Madeleine Noland

In recognition of her significant contributions to the ongoing development and implementation of the ATSC 3.0 standard within the United States and internationally. Ms. Noland participated in ATSC standards development groups as an LG Electronics delegate, assumed leadership positions in standards development groups, and maintained strong relationships with fellow delegates representing other companies. As President of ATSC, she has continued to build consensus among all delegates to further the evolution of the standard and its release into broadcast markets.

Youngkwon Lim

For his significant contributions to developing ATSC 3.0 as chair of the TG3-S33: Specialist Group on Management and Protocols and chair of MPEG Systems Working Group. Lim’s expertise is embedded in multimedia systems and next-generation broadcasting technologies like Interactive Services, Metadata, Streaming and Delivery, Synchronization, Watermarking, Mobile TV (T-DMB), and 3D-TV. Lim holds multiple patents related to the broadcast industry. He has authored numerous papers on complex subjects to enlighten and educate while also contributing to organizations such as SMPTE, ATSC, MPEG, and IEEE.

Rich Chernock

In recognition for his contributions to the development of the ATSC 3.0 Digital Television Standard, now being widely implemented and deployed throughout the U.S. Dr. Chernock has also contributed significantly to the development of numerous standards for broadcast, cable, and IPTV, including ATSC 3.0, ATSC 2.0, and Stream Monitoring among others. He holds nine patents on DTV in the fields of data broadcasting, interactive television, and electronic commerce.

Michelle Munson

For the co-invention and development of the Fast and Secure Protocol (FASP) technology for media acceleration, which has great affected the distribution and transmission of digital media through high-speed file transfer

Hugo P. Gaggioni

In recognition of his contributions to the development of high-definition television (HDTV), wide color gamut (WCG), high-dynamic-range (HDR), and the Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) compression systems. Gaggioni has served as session chair of conferences throughout the world in the areas of HDTV and video compression systems. He was chair of the technical groups on SMPTE 260M and 292M standards and worked with manufacturers and broadcasters for the use of HDR techniques in ultra-high-definition (UHD)/HD production applications. Gaggioni continues to give numerous presentations and courses on signal processing and contemporary video technologies at events around the world sponsored by SMPTE, the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), the IEEE, and the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP). He has earned a reputation as an excellent educator of new technologies.

Phillip Bennett

In recognition of his significant contributions to the broadcast industry with his work in video effects, still stores, and digital standards conversion during the dawning of the digital video era. Over the years, Bennett has developed many groundbreaking products for broadcasters, including the very successful Ampex Digital Optics (ADO) digital video effects system and one of the very early digital disk recorders.

Dr. Peter G.M. 
In recognition of his work in image sensors, imaging, and broadcast camera innovation. Centen has been at the forefront of the charged-couple device (CCD) and complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor technology, and in 2003 he was awarded an Emmy® for the development of high-definition dynamic pixel management (HD-DPM) for CCD sensors.

Birney Dayton

In recognition of his work in signal processing and routing, fiber optic transmission of video and audio signals, and the advancement of analog, digital and high-definition television. Throughout his rewarding career, Mr. Dayton remained an active member of SMPTE, and was elevated to SMPTE Fellow. Mr. Dayton has been in the forefront of technology and product development, and many of these products and developments are now standard equipment in today’s broadcast stations and facilities.  Mr. Dayton’s numerous patents, the first awarded in 1979, reflect the significance of his contributions within a very important and specific time in our industry’s history.

Clyde D. Smith Jr.

In recognition of his pioneering work in the application and deployment of digital technologies in the broadcast network environment, including the development of automated, server-based closed captioning systems, and optimization of digital media to address the issue of audience dis-aggregation and provide the capability to seek out viewers on their preferred platform and make a rich selection of programming available to them in their preferred environment. Clyde’s experiences, contributions and support have provided critical guidance to the development of a meaningful educational experience for local broadcast engineers.

Chuck Pagano
For his pioneering technology and innovation efforts with ESPN, including the creation of ESPN’s first Bristol-based Digital Center; the adoption of HD; the creation of ESPN's infrastructure for its expanding online, mobile and TV Everywhere efforts; the 2009 opening of the L.A. Production Center, which was the world's first 1080p production center; groundbreaking experiments in virtual reality; pioneering 3D sports production advances; globe-spanning fiber networks; new research facilities that are now testing new 4K technologies; and work on the new Digital Center 2, a 195,000- square-foot facility that will feature a number of other technical firsts when it goes live in 2014. Chuck is a true innovator who is always experimenting and looking towards the future in order to best serve sports fans – anytime, anywhere.

James M. DeFilippis

For his contributions to digital television, including development of the FOX Network MPEG-2 splicing distribution system, his work as Director of Engineering for the Advanced Television Test Center, his ongoing support of SMPTE as well as activity in several other technology standards development organizations, and 32 years of engineering excellence in the broadcast television industry.

Bruce Devlin

For his leadership of and contributions to the development and adoption of SMPTE’s MXF standards

Dr. Kohji Mitani

Kohji Mitani has contributed to or been responsible for much of the development of advanced camera systems at NHK Science & Technology Research Labs (STRL) for over twenty years. His work has made possible some of the advanced television systems that have come out of STRL over that time. The work that Dr. Mitani has done has impacted the direction of the industry with respect to HDTV, Digital Cinema, and UHDTV imaging systems. He has developed cameras and imagers that push the envelope of what can be achieved, and he then has made those developments practical for implementation. There are a limited number of engineers whose work can be shown to have led directly to significant industry changes and improvements; Kohji Mitani is one of those individuals.

Al Kovalick
For his work to advance file based video storage, playback and interchange.    Al Kovalick has worked in the field of hybrid AV/IT systems for the past 16 years. He is an active and visible member of the SMPTE standards committees and a founding member of Pro MPEG Forum (now the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA)).  Al Kovalick is currently a Strategist and Fellow at Avid Technology. He was previously Strategist and Principal Architect at Hewlett-Packard and CTO of Pinnacle Systems.  Mr. Kovalick has 18 US and international patents, is the author of the first book in the field on converged AV and IT systems, Video Systems in an IT Environment, Second Edition: The Basics of Professional Networked Media and File-based Workflows, as well as over 50 published papers and is a fellow of the SMPTE.  He has a BSEE from San Jose State University and an MSEE from UC Berkeley.

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Donald Craig

For his leadership and contributions in the development of video servers and networking architectures and, in particular, his vision of using data networks to move compressed video and digitized audio between video servers. It was this vision that led to the development of a family of standardized professional file exchange formats starting with the General Exchange Format (GXF) and evolving to MXF.

Wayne Bretl

In recognition of his role as a consistent contributor and innovator in areas ranging from receiver design to digital transmission, and a contributor to standards activities in many areas. Mr. Bretl is a Principal Engineer in Electronic Systems R&D at Zenith/LG. He received the BSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1966 and joined Zenith in 1975. Wayne is an expert in television systems and theory, analog and digital communications, color reproduction, and MPEG digital video coding. He holds more than 20 patents, and has published many papers, including two award-winning papers on digital television transmission.

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Stephen W. Long
For his recognition of the significance of metadata in converged imaging and data systems, his support for its development within SMPTE, and his leadership in bringing its first implementations to fruition.

Dr. Kerns Powers

For his contributions to electronic cinematography, including important work in progressive scanning and the engineering basis for the 16:9 aspect ratio.

Dr. Larry J. Hornbeck

For his invention of the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD), a microdisplay chip, and for his twenty-five years of sustained contributions to microdisplay technology that have led to advancements in projection display technology, including television and digital cinema.

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Bernard J. Lechner

Who throughout his long career in the television industry has been an inventor and an innovator. His work, individually and as a team leader, has contributed to many of the technologies essential to today's television systems, including CCD cameras and flat panel displays.

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S. Merrill Weiss

For his leadership role in the creation and adoption of SMPTE's digital television standards, his active participation in numerous advanced television standardization committees, and for his many contributions to the proliferation of the art and knowledge of television engineering.

Bruce J. Penney

Who has been active in the field of television engineering for over 20 years. He has also been instrumental in the development of new methods of television camera measurements using automatic measurement systems.

Charles A. Poynton

Who has contributed significant concepts to the definition and standardization of advanced video technologies, particularly for systems to be used in the digital HDTV studios of the future.

Charles W. Rhodes

In recognition of numerous significant contributions to the television industry in the standardization and enhancement of television signal quality analysis through development of test signals, evaluation procedures, and measurement devices.

Stanley N. Baron

For his contributions to the development of digital television technology, recognizing both his technical and his standardization contributions in the areas of digital television imaging processing, graphics, and the automation of tape library record and playback systems.

William F. Schreiber

For developing adaptive modulation techniques for robust methods of television transmission, and for educating a generation of students on the important aspects of image and video processing and for instilling in them a greater appreciation for graphic arts.

William E. Glenn

For his many contributions to the development of television technology and, in particular, the introduction of subband coding technology to data compression for terrestrial broadcasting of HDTV.

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Yves Faroudja

For his contributions in optimizing NTSC signal performance by developing techniques presently used in video processing equipment.

Michael O. Felix

For his prolific and inspiring contribution to the science of video recording. His pioneer work to quantify the videotape recording process is an important element in the foundation upon which an entire industry was built.

Richard J. Taylor

For his contribution to digital television techniques through the design and manufacture of digital special effects and graphics equipment used throughout the world.

Richard S. O'Brien

For leadership in the planning and realization of advanced television production facilities and for significant contributions to the technical literature of television production.

Frank Davidoff

For his efforts in liaison with theEBU as chairman of the SMPTE Task Force on Component Digital Coding.

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Takashi Fujio

For his leadership and significant engineering contributions to the continuing development of a high-definition television system and related technologies.

Maurice Lemoine

In recognition of his contributions to digital equipment design that have led to the introduction of digital time-base correctors for several videotape recorders and to the achievement and public demonstration of high-quality videotape recording.

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Masahiko Morizono

For his leadership and engineering achievements in the development of television electronic newsgathering (ENG) equipment, especially in the development of portable helical scan VTR systems with associated versatile editing capabilities, thereby facilitating the wide use of ENG throughout the world's television broadcasting industry.

Renville H. McMann

For his pioneering work in television signal digital noise reduction, image enhancement, color masking and encoded signal color correction and for his leadership in the development of the first high-quality portable color camera.

Adrian B. Ettlinger

For his important contributions to the application of computers to on-air television station switching control, for conceiving of the application of videodisc stop-action systems to sports broadcasts, and for contributions to computer control of studio lighting systems and videotape editing systems.

John L. E. Baldwin

For his personal contributions and as leader of the team that developed the first operational fieldstore television standards converter using digital-processing techniques.

Joseph A. Flaherty

For major contributions to the planning of complex network television production centers, to the evolution of electronic newsgathering techniques, including the use of highly mobile color television equipment and to the concept of computer-controlled videotape editing systems.

Arch C. Luther, Jr.

For major contributions to the field of magnetic video recording and for contributions to the national and international standardization of quadruplex recording.

Peter Rainger

For his pioneering development of all-electronic television standard conversion techniques.

Walter Bruch

For his contribution to the development of the PAL system for color television broadcast transmission, now standardized in many countries.

Charles H. Coleman

For many original inventions, in particular for time domain electronic signal correction and for the conception and development of high band color videotape recording.

Peter C. Goldmark

For his continuing stimulus and contributions in the conception, development and utilization of significant innovations in television, video recording, and in the application of television technology in the fields of aerospace, education, printing and medicine.

Alda V. Bedford

In recognition of his many major contributions to the development of black-and-white and color television.

Edward F. de Haan

For contributing many of the fundamental concepts and refinements in the development of photoconductive camera pickup tubes.

Alfred C. Schroeder

For his many contributions to the fundamental concepts and decisions that have gone into the development and refinement of color picture tubes and of the NTSC color system.

Robert G. Neuhauser

For his contributions to the development of new techniques or equipment contributing to the improvement of camera tubes and the engineering phases of television.

Henry N. Kozanowski

For his engineering accomplishments in the field of television and for his sustained drive to improve the quality and practical operation of television studio and film camera equipment.

Pierre Mertz

For his development of a mathematical theory of scanning in television and for his studies of the effects of noise and of echoes on the quality of television pictures.

W. R. G. Baker

For his outstanding work as chairman of the National Television System Committee.

Albert Rose

For contributions to the development of orthicon, image-orthicon and vidicon television pickup tubes.

Charles P. Ginsburg

For his work in the development of a system for the recording of television video and associated audio signals on magnetic tape and designing a successful monochrome videotape recording and reproducer.

Robert E. Shelby

For his dedicated interest and efforts in radio and television work, notably in the formulation of the signal specifications for compatible color television and his many patents concerning an electronic modulator for constant-frequency variable dot transmission.

Bernard D. Loughlin

For his many contributions to the science of color television, notably in the optimum method of transmitting a compatible color picture and in his fundamental of constant luminance.

Ray D. Kell

For outstanding achievements in the development of television and important contributions to color television.

Arthur V. Loughren

For his contributions to the development of compatible color television, including his active work on the principle of constant luminance; for his participation in color video standards activities; and for his guidance in compatible color television.

Axel G. Jensen

For his manifold contributions to the promulgating of monochrome and color television engineering standards, and for his work on the improvement of the quality of television picture obtained from motion picture film.

Otto H. Schade

For his outstanding accomplishments in the fields of television and motion picture science and engineering, in outlining the potentialities of television and film systems as to fidelity of photography and reproduction of images.