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Douglas Dixon papers, 1981-2003

Accession: 2464-09Identifier: 2464-09-15.


  • Creation: 1981-2003

Biographical Note

Douglas Dixon attended Brown University from 1973 to 1977, earning both a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Science. He studied under Andries van Dam and Robert Sedgewick, and his work focused on computer graphics and the analysis of algorithms. Dixon began his career at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center (DSRC) in Princeton, New Jersey in 1978, where he spent ten years developing interactive video and computer graphics for consumer electronics. In 1988, Dixon moved to the Intel Corporation, also in Princeton, where he worked on Digital Video Interactive (DVI) technology.

In 1993, Dixon returned to DSRC and led teams that developed a virtual reality gaming system, an iris identification prototype, a software program to create panoramic images from multiple still images, a system to convert automated tape to DVD, and image quality analysis technology.

During his tenure at Sarnoff, Dixon was issued three U.S. patents and received four Sarnoff Achievement Awards. Since leaving in 2003, Dixon has freelanced as a writer, lecturer, and consultant. He also maintains (as of 2014) a website and blog,, where he helps consumers make sense of digital media technology.

Scope and Content

The Douglas Dixon papers are composed of records generated by Dixon during his tenure as a project manager at the Sarnoff Corporation (1993-2003). They encompass notes and presentations related to projects Dixon oversaw – such as VideoBrush, Just Noticeable Difference (JND), and GreatHomeVideo (GHV) – all of which allowed home consumers to manipulate photos or videos for improved quality or performance. This series also includes background and research materials, such as scientific articles on optics, and press clippings of competitors’ products. Of special note in Series I is a DVD containing video excerpts of the projects Dixon oversaw, including a virtual reality video game called "Palenque."

One of Dixon's lab notebooks (1984) can be found in Record group 26.


The Douglas Dixon papers are organized into two series:

I. Projects

II. Subject Files


From the Collection: 990 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Additional Description

Access Restrictions

Records subject to 25-year time seal.


The Douglas Dixon papers are organized into two series:

I. Projects

II. Subject Files


The Douglas Dixon papers were donated to the David Sarnoff Library by Dixon in 2003 and 2007.

Processing Notes

Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, June 2014

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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA