February 17, 2009
Totowa/Beverly Hills – Thales Angenieux was awarded a Scientific and Engineering Award for excellence in zoom lens engineering and design from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 81st Annual Scientific and Technical Academy Awards Show at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The 2009 Scientific and Engineering Award, in the form of an Academy Plaque, was presented by actress Jessica Biel to Thales Angenieux’s Bruno Coumert and Jacques Debize for the optical design and to Dominique Chervin and Christophe Reboulet for the mechanical design of the compact and light-weight Angenieux 15-40 and 28-76 zoom lenses for hand-held motion picture photography. “This Award is a great honor for Thales Angenieux and we are deeply grateful for the Academy’s recognition,” said Mr. Parain, managing director of Thales Angenieux, France. “Each year, the high caliber of recipients of this Award demonstrates the remarkable technology achievements attained in our industry and we are proud to be named among those who have led the way in elevating the scientific and engineering side of cinematography.” At the 1989 Academy Awards, the Academy presented the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, which honors contributions to motion-picture technology, to Pierre Angenieux, the French optical designer and founder of the company. Mr. Angenieux was a pioneer in lens design, particularly zoom and wide-angle lenses, and he was also the recipient of a 1964 Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for the development of a 10-1 zoom lens for cinematography.