Kees A. Schouhamer Immink

Dr. Kornelis Antonie “Kees” A. Schouhamer Immink is not just a mouthful, he’s also one of the most significant engineering figures of the 20th century. Several sources state that it is impossible to hear any digital audio or watch digital video that does not somehow reflect the work of Immink. Next time you pop in that old Hanson CD, just know, you only have it because of (deep breath) Kees A. Schouhamer Immink.

This award from the Funny Names Blog is for being a total badass and for having a name long enough to have to be carved all the way around the base of the statue.

Immink was born in the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 1946. At the age of 21 he received his B.S degree from his hometown university (Bachelor of Science that is, not a BS degree like some of us). He joined the Philips company’s famous research labs right after graduating with his Bachelor’s and went on to work there for some thirty years.

Among the devices and technologies Dr. Immink has been instrumental in developing are the CD, CD-ROM, DVD and Blu-Ray Discs. His own website states he holds over 1000 patents in addition to 70 U.S patents. According to my calculations that would amount to about 22 patents for every year of his life thus far. Which is impressive. Although I am admittedly not a Professor of Experimental Mathematics at Essen University in Germany as Dr. Immink is, so I may be wrong.

If you clicked on that website link, you may have found that, unexpectedly for someone on the forefront of science like Dr. Immink, his website appears to have been stuck in 1997. I suppose that can happen with someone busy earning a new patent every three weeks since their 18th birthday.

Even better, Dr. Immink is not done yet. He has been running his own company , Turing Machines Inc., since 1998. We eagerly await new inventions and ways we can digitally store the contents of the Funny Names Blog on physical discs inside the sleeve of a Neil Diamond CD.

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About Arto

Co-founder of the Funny Names Blog, Hawaiian shirt enthusiast, and holder of a funny name himself with too many vowels for any sensible person. Currently residing in San Diego, California, scouring through obscure documents on a hunt for more funny names. www.funnynamesblog.wordpress.com
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10 Responses to Kees A. Schouhamer Immink

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    He has quite the resume …. and I don’t own a Hanson CD.

    • Dave says:

      I’m glad to hear that.

      …and I don’t have a Neil Diamond CD. I think Arto speaks for himself about wanting to store the contents of this blog inside a Neil Diamond CD sleeve. 🙂

  2. Marie Overfors says:

    I enjoyed this post. And he has a great name! Though I don’t want to have to type it now. :O

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