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Tomlinson Holman

Born: 7-Jun-1946
Birthplace: IL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Engineer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: THX sound system

Tomlinson Holman is an audio engineer whose Tom Holman eXperiment evolved into the THX sound certification system, which uses numerous criteria to ensure that sound mixed for motion pictures is faithfully reproduced in movie theaters. First introduced in 1983 and named for Holman's initials and his then-boss George Lucas's first film, THX 1138, THX technology is now used in major playhouses, sound mixing studios, and advanced home and auto sound systems. Holman is also the developer of the 10.2 surround sound system, and co-founder of TMH Corporation and Surround Professional magazine. He designed the technical infrastructure of Lucas's Skywalker Ranch and Skywalker Sound post-production facility.

    High School: Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove, IL (1963)
    University: BS Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1968)
    Professor: Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California (1987-)

    Oscar Technical Achievement Award (2002)
    IEEE Masaru Ibuka Award.2007
    Lucasfilm Chief Engineer of Post-Production (1982-97)
    TMH Corporation Co-Founder (1995)
    Audio Engineering Society
    British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society
    IEEE
    Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
    World Technology Network

Author of books:
Sound for Film and Television (1997)
5.1 Surround Sound: Up and Running (2000)
Sound for Digital Video (2005)


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