Dedicated to the memory of Dr Rabin Ezra
Rabin was born 16th July 1967 at the Whittington Hospital in Archway, London. His father Solomon was born in Calcutta in India of Iraqi Jewish parents and his mother Uma is a Bengali from a Hindu family. They are both retired teachers.
Rabin attended the Cranbrook College Secondary school in Ilford, Essex. He then attended Ilford County High in Barkingside, Essex where he obtained four A-Levels at Grade A. He then went on to Queen Mary and Westfield College (now Queen Mary, University of London) where he obtained his first degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering. During his first degree he became interested in Computer Graphics, and attended the course given in the Department of Computer Science. Subsequent to this he started his PhD studies in Computer Science, specialising in graphics hardware for Bezier curves and surfaces. He obtained his PhD entitled An Adaptive Method for Rendering of Curved Surfaces in 1994. After he completed his PhD he joined Canon Research Europe, which eventually became Criterion, responsible for the widely used Renderware for graphics programming. Rabin's role was mainly concerned with making this software, and computer games that were based on it, work as fast and efficiently as possible on every conceivable variety of consumer graphics hardware. He was one of the few engineers in the world capable of doing this.