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Henri Gouraud (computer scientist)


Henri Gouraud (computer scientist)

Henri Gouraud
Born 1944
Fields Computer science
Alma mater University of Utah
École Centrale Paris
Known for Gouraud Shading

Henri Gouraud (born 1944) is a French computer scientist. He is the inventor of Gouraud shading used in computer graphics. He is the great nephew of general Henri Gouraud.

During 1964–1967, he studied at École Centrale Paris. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah College of Engineering in 1971, working with Dave Evans and Ivan Sutherland, for a dissertation entitled Computer Display of Curved Surfaces.

The famous human face images showing the effect of his shading were done using his wife Sylvie Gouraud as the model.[1]

Original publications

  • H. Gouraud, "Continuous shading of curved surfaces," IEEE Transactions on Computers, C-20(6):623–629, 1971.
  • H. Gouraud, Computer Display of Curved Surfaces, Doctoral Thesis, University of Utah, USA, 1971.
  • H. Gouraud, Continuous shading of curved surfaces. In Rosalee Wolfe (editor), Seminal Graphics: Pioneering efforts that shaped the field, ACM Press, 1998. ISBN 1-58113-052-X.


  1. ^ "Images de synthèse : palme de la longévité pour l’ombrage de Gouraud". 

External links

  • Biography written by a computer graphics researcher at ECP

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