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From 1989 to 1991, Kirk was an engineer for Apollo Systems Division of Hewlett-Packard. From 1993 to 1996, Kirk was Chief Scientist and Head of Technology for Crystal Dynamics, a video game manufacturing company.
In 2002, Kirk received the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award for his significant contributions to bringing high performance graphics hardware to the mass market. In 2006 Kirk was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Kirk is the inventor of 50 patents and patent applications relating to graphics design and underlying graphics algorithms.
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