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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer
Computer Graphics Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cake (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/13/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer
Computer Graphics Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cake (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/13/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Electrical engineer and computer graphics designer Marc Regis Hannah was born on October 13, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois to Huber and Edith Hannah. He attended the Illinois Institute of Technology, with funding from a scholarship awarded by AT&T’s Bell Laboratories. Hannah received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1977 before going on to Stanford University where he obtained his M.S. degree in 1978 and his Ph.D. degree in 1985.

In 1982, Hannah co-founded Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) with Jim Clark and five others, a company that went on to be well-known for its computer graphics technology. In 1986, he was named the company’s principal scientist for the creation of computer programs like Personal IRIS, Indigo, Indigo2, and Indy graphics that were used to create effects for movies like Jurassic Park, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunt for Red October, and Field of Dreams. George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic used Silicon Graphics’ technology to create Terminator 2. Hannah’s programs have also been used to create television commercials and the opening introduction for Monday Night Football. In addition, the company’s technology was used in engineering, research, and for military applications. Hannah is a partial owner of Rondeau Bay, a construction company in Oakland, California.

Since 1994, Hannah has sat on the Board of Directors for Magic Edge. He has also been profiled in Ebony magazine, Electronics magazine, Forbes, and PC Magazine. In addition, Hannah has received the Professional Achievement Award from the Illinois Institute of Technology and the National Technical Association.

Marc Hannah was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 10, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marc Hannah shares his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marc Hannah describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marc Hannah describes his mother's education in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marc Hannah responds to questions about others with the name of Hannah
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marc Hannah traces his father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marc Hannah describes his father's educational and family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marc Hannah describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marc Hannah describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marc Hannah recalls the growth of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Marc Hannah remembers his family's move from Cleveland, Ohio, to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marc Hannah responds to questions about his neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marc Hannah remembers his elementary school in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marc Hannah recounts the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marc Hannah describes the television and radio programs he enjoyed as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marc Hannah describes his childhood interests in special effects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marc Hannah talks about junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marc Hannah talks about attending high school in Chicago, part 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marc Hannah talks about attending high school in Chicago, part 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marc Hannah discusses his neighborhood church and friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Marc Hannah describes his early interest in technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marc Hannah discusses his first exposure to computer programming
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marc Hannah recalls his decision to study electrical engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marc Hannah describes the influence of AT&T Bell Laboratories on his career and education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marc Hannah talks about his experience at Stanford University graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marc Hannah describes the state of computers in the 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marc Hannah shares the origins of his involvement with the Geometry Engine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marc Hannah describes the Geometry Engine, part 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marc Hannah describes the Geometry Engine, part 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marc Hannah recalls the founding of Silicon Graphics, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marc Hannah explains his dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marc Hannah discusses the rise of Silicon Valley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marc Hannah describes developments in computing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marc Hannah discusses the role of Silicon Graphics, Inc. in movie special effects
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marc Hannah continues his discussion about Silicon Graphics, Inc. technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marc Hannah describes why he left Silicon Graphics, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marc Hannah shares his involvement with Omniverse Digital Solutions and Pulsent Corporation, part 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marc Hannah shares his involvement with Omniverse Digital Solutions and Pulsent Corporation, part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marc Hannah describes his other entrepreneurial ventures
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marc Hannah describes his work in Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marc Hannah considers his future plans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Marc Hannah describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Marc Hannah discusses the impact of new computer technology on society
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Marc Hannah reflects on his life's accomplishments, part 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Marc Hannah reflects on his life's accomplishments, part 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Marc Hannah describes his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Marc Hannah reflects on how he would like to be remembered