William E. "Bill" Garity (April 2, 1899 – September 16, 1971) was an American inventor and audio engineer who attended the Pratt Institute
before going to work for Lee De Forest
around 1921. Garity worked with DeForest on the Phonofilm
sound-on-film system until 1927, when Pat Powers
hired Garity to develop a sound system that Powers called Powers Cinephone.
Garity is best known for his employment at Walt Disney Studios
, which used the Cinephone system in the late 1920s and early 30s. In 1937, also at the Disney Studios, Garity developed the multiplane camera
. Ub Iwerks, having left Disney to work at his own studio, developed an unrelated multiplane camera, during this same time period.
In 1940, Garity developed Fantasound
, an early stereophonic surround sound
system for Disney's ''Fantasia
After leaving the Disney studio, Garity later became vice president and production manager for Walter Lantz
Productions. He was inducted in the Disney Legends
program in 1999.
William Garity at Disney Legends
Category:Academy Honorary Award recipients
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