Alan W. Paeth


Alan W. Paeth[pronunciation?] (11 May 1956 - 3 June 2018) was a Canadian computer scientist and author.

Life and education

Alan William Paeth was born on May 11, 1956 in Seattle, Washington. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Caltech and his PhD at the University of Waterloo in 1994.[1] His doctoral advisor was William B. Cowan and his doctoral dissertation was on Linear Models of Reflective Colour.[1] He married Catherine Anne Person in 1983; she predeceased him in 2008.[2]

He died in Kelowna, British Columbia on June 3, 2018.[3]


He was professor of computer science at Okanagan University in British Columbia.[4]

He made major research contributions to computer graphics and has made seminal contributions in the field of Portable Network Graphics including Shear mapping.

Selected publications

His notable books include:[5][6]

  • Graphics Gems V
  • Algorithms for fast color correction
  • The IM raster toolkit : design, implementation and use
  • Linear models of reflective colour


  1. ^ a b "Alan Paeth - The Mathematics Genealogy Project".
  2. ^ "CATHY PAETH Obituary". 29 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Dr. Alan William Paeth Obituary (1956 - 2018) the Seattle Times".
  4. ^ "Alan W. Paeth". Scribd.
  5. ^ "Alan W. Paeth".
  6. ^ "Graphics gems V /". Retrieved 2018-12-22.

External links

  • Alan Paeth
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Waterloo