Charles Poynton is an independent contractor specializing in the physics, mathematics, and engineering of digital colour imaging systems, including digital video, HD, and digital cinema. Apart from his professional work, he is a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University.
In the early 1980s, Charles designed and built the digital video equipment used by NASA to convert video from the Space Shuttle into NTSC. In 1990, he initiated Sun Microsystems’ HD research project, and introduced color management technology to Sun. He was Sun’s founding member in what a few years later became the International Color Consortium (ICC).