Has a STEM professor ever been nominated for - or won - an Oscar for their academic research?

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    Do the technical Oscars count? I'd be very surprised if there weren't a few in there... – Lamar Latrell Feb 27 '17 at 8:33
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is the definition of a boat programming question ("Has an <academic> ever done <something that's not at all specific to academia>"). – xLeitix Feb 27 '17 at 11:40
  • Richard Taylor has won several oscars, but not that Richard Taylor. – Matthew Leingang Feb 27 '17 at 15:19
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    I've voted to reopen this question: The question has only triggered answers where the people won their Oscars for their academic achievements. I propose to change the question to ask for this and then reopen it. – Dirk Feb 27 '17 at 17:22
  • This question might be on topic at: movies.stackexchange.com (I'm not a regular there though, so please verify with their moderators/meta/etc before moving.) – Dan Is Fiddling By Firelight Feb 27 '17 at 18:30


For example, a professor from Stanford, Rod Fedkiw, won an Oscar in 2015. You can read about it in the following article:

Stanford professor wins Oscar for science of destroying things


An example of a previous professor winning the technical Oscar is Ken Museth (professor at the University of Linköping in Sweden) who won it together with Peter Cucka and Mihai Aldén for their work on OpenVDB in 2014.


Ken Perlin, a professor of computer science at the NYU Media Research Lab, won a technical achievement Oscar for the development of Perlin Noise.