Kees Schouhamer Immink (M’81-SM’86-F’90) received his PhD degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology. He was with Philips Research Labs in Eindhoven from 1968 till 1998. In 1998, he founded Turing Machines Inc, a company that has been successful in applying the tenets of information theory to digital data storage and transmission. He is, since 1994, an adjunct professor at the Institute for Experimental Mathematics, Duisburg-Essen University, Germany.
Immink designed coding techniques of virtually all consumer-type digital audio and video recording products, such as Compact Disc, CD-ROM, CD-Video, Digital Audio Tape recorder, Digital Compact Cassette system, DCC, Digital Versatile Disc, DVD, Video Disc Recorder, and Blu-ray Disc.
He received widespread recognition for his many contributions to the technologies of video, audio, and data recording. He received a Knighthood in 2000, a personal ‘Emmy’ award in 2004, the 1996 IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award, the 1998 IEEE Edison Medal, the 2017 IEEE Medal of Honor, the 1999 AES Gold Medal, the 2004 SMPTE Progress Medal, the Eduard Rhein Prize for Technology in 2014, and the IET Faraday Medal in 2015. He received the Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation by the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1998. He was named a fellow of the IEEE, AES, and SMPTE, and was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, elected into the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg in 2014. He served the profession as President of the Audio Engineering Society inc., New York, in 2003.