Piscataway, NJ (January 2, 2007)–The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) has named Tomlinson Holman the recipient of its 2007 Masaru Ibuka Award, recognizing his significant contribution to the development of advanced audio and cinema multichannel playback systems.
Holman’s work played an integral part in establishing the home theater product category in consumer electronics, enabling consumers to experience theater-like sound in the comfort of their own homes. The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology.
Sponsored by the Masaru Ibuka Fund, the award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of consumer electronics technology. It will be presented next weekend at the IEEE’s International Conference on Consumer Electronics at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
During his 15-year tenure as chief engineer of post-production and later corporate technical director for Lucasfilm Ltd., Holman developed the THX (Tomlinson Holman eXperiment) Sound System in 1983 to ensure that the soundtrack for the third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi, would be accurately reproduced in the best venues. He also developed the Home THX and the THX Digital Mastering program leading to several widely cited U.S. patents. THX is a baseline set of standards designed to dramatically improve an audience’s cinema experience by eliminating background noise, enhancing image quality and projection, improving room acoustics and utilizing THX-approved equipment for optimal sound reproduction. To date, over 4,000 auditoriums have undergone the rigorous approval process necessary for certification by the Lucasfilm THX division.
In 2001, Holman was awarded a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work on THX. The author of three books, 27 referred journal papers and over 140 magazine articles, he currently serves as president and co-founder of the entertainment technology company TMH Corp., where he oversees development and design of new products in addition to consulting and writing. Holman continues to develop systems and inventions with TMH Corporation for professional and home audio, including MicroTheater, and with Audyssey Laboratories in auto-equalization systems. In addition, he holds seven U.S. and 23 foreign patents.
In addition to his continued contribution to his professional field, Holman is currently a professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and Viterbi School of Engineering in Los Angeles. A senior member of IEEE, he is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.