Richard Grant holds a B.A. in Philosophy (UCLA 1967) and a Juris Doctorate (Loyola University 1972). Though he retired from full-time practice as a litigator in early ’83 in order to pursue a more creatively rewarding career in software development and design, Mr. Grant is still frequently called upon to sit as a ‘rent-a-judge’ adjudicating computer software related disputes brought before the American Arbitration Association. Richard and his brother, Ron Grant, have been honored with some of the highest awards in the computer-entertainment industry, each having earned an EMMY (1985) and an Academy Award (1987) for Scientific and Technical Achievement… both ‘firsts’ for software-based innovations. Stemming from an application first filed in early April 1984, in August 1987 Mr. Grant was issued what has been described in literature as the first U.S. Patent for a hardware independent, ‘windowed’ natural language driven Man-Machine Interface or Operating Environment which can be entirely implemented in software.
Richard’s active affiliations include membership in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the Society of Composers and Lyricists; and, he regularly participates in the student grant activities of the UCLA Alumni Scholarship Committee. Since concentrating in the computer field, Mr. Grant has conducted courses or seminars at, or made various presentations before: The Central Sciences Lab at Hewlett Packard; the University of California (Spielberg Center Graduate Program in Film Scoring); the Media Laboratory at MIT; BMI and ASCAP film scoring workshops; the 127th Technical Conference of the SMPTE., the American Film Institute; and various other academic colloquia on computers and the arts including instruction as a Fellow at the entertainment industry’s prestigious (Robert Redford’s) Sundance Institute in Utah.