Prof Tony Dyson
The man behind Star Wars R2-D2. The versatile Emmy nominated Film SFX supervisor is the creative genius at the helm of many of the biggest SCI-FI movies to date. Among them are Superman 2, Moon Raker, Dragon Slayer, and of course, The Empire Strikes Back.
When it comes to Robot technicians, Tony is quite unique. As well as building one of the most famous Robots ever, R2-D2, he has also designed and built Robots for some of the largest electronic companies in the world, for example Sony, Philips and Toshiba.
You can also find examples of his creations on permanent display in one of the most prestigious museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution, and R2-D2 was one of the very first Robots to be honored in the Carnegie Mellon University Robot Hall of Fame. Tony was also Nominated for an Emmy for his work in a Sony television commercial.
“What’s special about Tony is that I don’t think he’ll ever grow up … and that makes him interested in almost everything.” Could it be that, as Tony Dyson’s wife commented, it’s the quest for knowledge so characteristic to children that drives a person like Tony to succeed? One thing is for certain, Tony has got that something that leaves you thoroughly breathless … and that’s his mind.