Canon Senior Fellow Larry Thorpe got the Charles F. Jenkins EMMY Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan 8. The award was a highlight of the 66th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards ceremony in Las Vegas during CES.
Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A. said, “Larry’s contributions to the overall advancement of broadcast, HD and now 4K image capture and technology have truly shaped the way in which we all view the world and the creative content that is produced. We are honored to continue to work with Larry as he guides not only Canon, but the industry toward incredible new horizons in resolution, distribution, color science and optics. His talent and intuitive insight are only exceeded by his good nature, strong heart and witty humor. He is a true asset to Canon and the entire imaging community.”
Larry said, “I have indeed had an extended and rich professional life that has seen some of the most exciting developments in video imaging. It is a particularly special privilege to have the final phase of my career coincide with the truly exciting rise of Canon as a major global player in high-end content creation.”
Larry Thorpe joined Canon U.S.A., Inc. in 2004 as National Marketing Executive for the Broadcast & Communications Division. He was promoted to Senior Fellow in 2012. He is an industry guru and was at the forefront of digital cinema. He was at Sony for more than 20 years, pioneering HDTV and digital production in the broadcast and motion picture industries. Larry worked at RCA’s Broadcast Division in Camden, NJ from 1966 to 1982, where he developed a range of color television cameras and telecine products. He has 10 patents and published more than sixty papers on camera technology and HDTV imaging. He is a Life Fellow of SMPTE. He is a graduate of the College of Technology in Dublin and began as a design engineer with the BBC in London.
In 1981, Larry won the David Sarnoff Award for his innovations in automatic studio color cameras. He received the Montreux 2000 Gold Medal Award for Digital Cinematography, the NAB 2001 Television Engineering Achievement Award, the Society of Television Engineers (STE) 2001 award, and in 2004 the Broadcasting & Cable Technical Leadership Award.