2008 John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation Recipient
Mark Kimball, a computer scientist and motion picture technologist with more than 28 years experience in the movie industry, was voted the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation by the Academy's Board of Governors.
“For three decades, Mark has been at the forefront of technological advancements in motion pictures,” said Academy President Sid Ganis. “His dedication to his craft and service to the Academy are both highly regarded in the industry.”
Kimball shared a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1991 for the design and development of the “CAPS” production system for feature film animation.
Kimball’s career began in 1978 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a system engineer with the Deep Space Network. In 1980 he moved to Walt Disney Productions, transferring in 1985 to Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he spent nearly two decades as the CAPS logistics system lead, a senior software systems specialist, a consulting engineer and finally as chief technologist. From 2004 through 2007, Kimball was director of digital production for The Walt Disney Company. Currently Kimball works as an independent media technology systems expert.
Kimball’s feature credits include “Tron,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Pocahontas,” “Dinosaur” and “Atlantis: The Lost Empire.”
An Academy member since 1996, Kimball has served on the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee for 13 years, and in 2006 he was asked to join the Science and Technology Council.
Kimball earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from UCLA and a Master of Science degree in computer science and distributed systems from West Coast University in Los Angeles.